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 being appointed as the head of the three-member panel of mediators, Justice (Retd) Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla stated that if the five-judge bench has appointed him as the head in mediation in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, then he will take every effort to resolve the issue by using cordial measures.
"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," he said while speaking to reporters in the matter.
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.