MEDIATION IN AYODHYA BABARI LAND DISPUTE

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The Constitutional Bench looking over the Ayodhya Babari Land Dispute have referred the matter to a mediation panel. The three member panel consist Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifullah (retd.), Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sriram Panchu (Senior Advocate). After a lot of agreement and disagreement between the partis and failing to give their suggestions of mediators SC came up with these names.

  • Mediation Process to be held in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The panel would have the liberty to solicit more mediators or seek legal assistance.
  • The state government is directed to extend suitable facilities for the purpose.
  • The mediation process is to be initiated in one week.
  • And to be concluded within the eight-week period granted for the examination of the official translations of the oral evidence filed by the state of UP. The court required the first status report in respect of the mediation to be submitted to it within 4 weeks.
  • The mediation process is to be held in-camera, its details shall remain confidential, with no publications in print or electronic media in this connection.

 

 The Mediators

Justice F. M. I. Khalifullah(retd.)

 Justice F. M. I. Khalifullah comes from Tamil Nadu. He started practice of law at Chennai. He was appointed judge of Madras High Court in 2000. Later, he was appointed Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir. On April 2, 2012, he was elevated to the Supreme Court. He retired from Supreme Court on July 22, 2016.

 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the founder of Art of Living foundation. In early 2018, he had attempted an out of court settlement of the dispute by holding talks with leaders of both Hindu and Muslim groups. "Because it's Lord Ram's birthplace, there is such a strong feeling connected with the place. And since it is not that important place for Muslims and (is) also in a place where there is conflict, namaaz is not acceptable. Anyway, it is not going to serve the purpose; and when it is not serving the purpose of the other community (Muslims), then, it should be gifted," he told IANS in an interview. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board had however openly rejected the proposals of Sri Sri Ravi Sankar.

Sriram Panchu, Senior Advocate

Sriram Panchu is a senior advocate based in Chennai, who has a reputation of being a world class mediator. He is a founder of The Mediation Chambers, which offers services in mediation and med-arb. He is the president of the Association of Indian Mediators and a director on the board of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He set up India's first court-annexed mediation centre in 2005, and has been instrumental in making mediation a part of India's legal system.