Ayodhya mediation panel holds first meeting in Faizabad; reiterates SC order barring media from reporting on proceedings

The Supreme Court-appointed mediation committee for resolution of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya, held its first sitting in Faizabad on Wednesday and heard all parties who attended the proceedings.

Asian News International March 14, 2019 17:55:20 IST
Ayodhya mediation panel holds first meeting in Faizabad; reiterates SC order barring media from reporting on proceedings
  • The Supreme Court-appointed mediation committee for resolution of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, held its first sitting in Faizabad on Wednesday

  • The panel directed that there should not be any reporting of the mediation proceedings in the print or other media

  • On 8 March, the Supreme Court referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for court-appointed and monitored mediation

Faizabad: The Supreme Court-appointed mediation committee for resolution of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, held its first sitting in Faizabad on Wednesday and heard all parties who attended the proceedings.

Ayodhya mediation panel holds first meeting in Faizabad reiterates SC order barring media from reporting on proceedings

A model of the proposed Ram Temple at Ayodhya. Reuters

The panel, headed by former apex court judge FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, directed that there should not be any reporting of the mediation proceedings in the print or other media, pointing out the views expressed by the top court last week. Besides Justice Kalifulla, the other members of the committee are Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior Madras High Court advocate Sriram Panchu.

The panel said on Wednesday, "the Chairman and the members of the mediation committee appointed by Supreme Court of India for resolution of Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid dispute had assembled for the first meeting at 10.30 am at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, to start the mediation proceedings. Notices had been issued to all the parties to the different Civil Appeals pending in the Supreme Court and to their advocates as well. The Committee heard all the parties who attended the proceedings."

"We are also of the view that the mediation proceedings should be conducted with utmost confidentiality so as to ensure its success which can only be safeguarded by directing that the proceedings of mediation and the views expressed therein by any of the parties including the learned mediators shall be kept confidential and shall not be revealed to any other person," the committee said in its order.

It directed that there should not be "any reporting of the mediation proceedings in the print or other media".

On 8 March, the Supreme Court referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for court-appointed and monitored mediation. "We have considered the nature of the dispute arising. Notwithstanding the lack of consensus between the parties in the matter, we are of the view that an attempt should be made to settle the dispute by mediation," a five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said in its order.

The bench, which also comprised Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, said that the mediation proceedings will be held in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and the state government will provide the mediators with all facilities. The bench was hearing appeals against the 30 September, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court which ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya between the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf Board, Uttar Pradesh and Ramlalla Virajman.

Section 89 states: "Where it appears to the court that there exist elements of a settlement which may be acceptable to the parties, the court shall formulate the terms of settlement and give them to the parties for their observations and after receiving the observations of the parties, the court may reformulate the terms of a possible settlement and refer the same for arbitration, conciliation, judicial settlement including settlement through Lok Adalat; or mediation."

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