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) FMI Kallifulla with spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.
Responding to the appointment of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the panel of mediators, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi questioned the spiritual guru, saying he is not a neutral person. Addressing a press briefing, Owaisi went on to rake up a statement made by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in November 2018 over the Ayodhya dispute case.
"I would like to remind that on November 4, 2018, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, whom SC made one of the mediator, had said that if Muslim do not leave their claim on Ayodhya then India will become Syria. If he has a connection on the subject matter and he has shown his stand in the matter, this means he is not a neutral mediator. It would've been better if SC had appointed a neutral person," Owaisi said while addressing a press briefing.
Responding to appointment in the mediator panel for Ayodhya by the Supreme Court, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tweeted to state that we must all move together to end the long-standing conflicts happily and maintaining harmony in the society.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had attempted mediation in the Ayodhya dispute case earlier while speaking to multiple stakeholders.
Meanwhile, here are the terms of the top court order in court-monitored mediation in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi case: