The five-judge Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Friday pronounced the verdict in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case by referring it for court-monitored mediation and appointing a three-member panel of mediators headed by former SC judge Justice (retd) F M I Kallifulla with spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.
Speaking over this Supreme Court appointment of the panel, JDS spokesperson Tanveer Ahmed doubted the "involvement of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar" as a panel-member by citing that the spiritual leader is "not neutral".
He said, "Honourable court today directing both the parties to come to a common consensus with discussion, deliberation and mediation, its a good move. But I certainly doubt the involvement of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who has not been neutral."
He further emphasised on the need for the country to solve this issue and move on to other developmental projects.
He said, "People if they really want to resolve the problem, their intention and actions both have to be clear. I hope Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Justice Kallifulla and Sriram Panchu together sit and solve the problem once and for all."
"The country needs to move on, the country needs to really look out towards other development. So I hope there will be a stronger solution," he added.
The Supreme Court on Friday pronounced the verdict on the court-monitored mediation in the Ayodhya land dispute, which it has reserved in its hearing on Wednesday. In the order, the five-judge bench announced that the mediation in the case will take place in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad district, which was recently renamed as Ayodhya by Yogi Adityanath-led UP government.
The newly-appointed panel has been mandated to complete its mediation in eight weeks - by which time the Supreme Court documents pertaining to the case will have been translated and put in the order with the consent of all the concerned parties.
A progress report will have to be submitted to the apex court in four weeks. Also, no media coverage of the mediation in the case has been authorised by the apex court.