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Ayodhya Case: Supreme Court-monitored Mediation To Begin, Panel-members Set To Arrive In Faizabad. Exclusive Visuals Here

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The members of Supreme Court-appointed panel which comprises of Supreme Court Justice Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and advocate Sriram Panchu for the mediation on the Ayodhya dispute have left for Faizabad as the talks will begin on March 13
  • They will be holding the talks at the guesthouse of the engineering department of Avadh University in Faizabad where they will be staying put for the next eight weeks

Update: The members of the mediation panel reached Faizabad and met local administrators.

The members of Supreme Court-appointed panel which comprises of Supreme Court Justice Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and advocate Sriram Panchu for the mediation on the Ayodhya dispute have left for Faizabad as the talks will begin on March 13. 

They will be holding the talks at the guesthouse of the engineering department of Avadh University in Faizabad where they will be staying put for the next eight weeks.

The visuals seen above are of the Justice Kalifulla leaving for Ayodhya. He will be travelling via Lucknow to the university.

They will be meeting with all the stakeholders in the dispute. On Tuesday, they will be holding the meeting with the District Administrator and oversee the arrangements made for the mediation. On Wednesday onwards they will begin the mediation with the parties in the case at the guesthouse.

The stakeholders had been holding talks before the Supreme Court ordered the mediation. However, it is not known on what grounds they were holding the talks.

The Supreme Court ordered the appointment of a three-member panel to mediate the Ayodhya dispute. 

The Supreme Court has ordered that the mediation be held in Faizlabad, Uttar Pradesh, and that the panel submit a progress report in four weeks - halfway through the mediation's timeframe.

The Supreme Court during announcing the order stated that the mediation will take place in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad. The mediation process is to take place in-camera.  

Following the Supreme Court's order on their appointment for the mediation panel, each of the three members issued their statements: 

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who had also attempted mediation in the Ayodhya dispute case 2017-18, took to Twitter to say that 'we must all move together to end the long-standing conflicts happily and maintaining harmony in society.

Founder of the Art of Living foundation, Sri Sri has been actively advocating in the discourse between the opposing political parties on the Ayodhya Ram Mandir issue.

Responding to his appointment, senior advocate and mediator Sriram Panchu stated that while this is a very serious responsibility, he will try his best to do the task.

"It is a very serious responsibility given to me by the honourable Supreme Court. I will do my best," he said.

Being on the advisory panel on mediation to Law Commission of India, Sriram Panchu has a record of mediating in high-stake cases. Earlier, he has worked as a mediator in the Assam-Nagaland Border dispute and a dispute concerning the performance of religious ceremonies in Parsi temples.

Former Supreme Court judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, who has been appointed as chairman of the mediation panel, said that he will take every effort to resolve the Ayodhya issue amicably.

"I understand that Supreme Court has appointed mediation committee headed by me. I am yet to receive the order copy. As of now, I can only say that if the committee has been constituted we will take every effort to resolve the issue amicably."

Justice Kalifulla retired from the Supreme Court of India on 22 July 2016 four years after swearing-in as the CJI on April 2, 2002 . Prior to retirement, he served as the Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir in September 2011. 

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