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Supreme Court orders mediation in Ayodhya case, Sri Sri Ravishankar among chosen three

Supreme Court orders mediation in Ayodhya case, Sri Sri Ravishankar among chosen three

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Mar 2019, 10:26 am

New Delhi, Mar 8 (IBNS): A five-judge bench- headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi- of the Supreme Court on Friday ordered a mediation to resolve the politically-sensitive Ayodhya temple-mosque issue. The top court named spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar, senior lawyer Sriram Panchu and retired Justice FMI Kalifullah in the mediation panel drawing mixed reactions from different groups. 

The dispute is the several decades-old case pertaining to whether Ram temple can be built in the disputed land of Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid structure stood till 1992, media reports said.

The mediation panel will have to submit a progress report in next four weeks while the next hearing on the case will take place in six-week time.

CJI said he sees no legal obstruction in the mediating process.

The mediation will take place in Faizabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh.

The entire process will have to be kept confidential, said the top court.

What happened in Ayodhya and why the case is significant?

In 1992, the disputed Babri Masjid structure was brought down by several right-wing volunteers who believed Lord Ram was born on that site.

On Sept 27, the apex court had refused to re-visit its 1994 verdict which had stated mosque was not important for Muslims to offer prayers, paving way for the hearing of the Ayodhya case.

The verdict, if passed prior to 2019 General Elections, will be a boost for the BJP, whose political commitment was building the Ram temple in Ayodhya. 

Hindu groups oppose mediation:

The Hindu groups are opposing a solution through mediation as it won't be accepted by the majority of the community.

Excepting Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara, which was one of the petitioners, all are opposed to the idea of mediation to solve the dispute.

Ravi Shankar welcomes verdict:

Following the Supreme Court's order to mediate, Ravi Shankar tweeted, "This move towards mediation by the Hon Supreme Court is in the best interest of the country and all parties concerned. We should not leave any stone unturned in resolving this burning issue amicably."

In a follow up tweet, he said: "We should keep our egos and differences aside and come together with a spirit of honouring & accommodating the sentiments of the communities concerned."

Right-wing wants ordinance but Modi wants to wait for verdict:

Though several right-wing organisations had demanded an ordinance be passed by the central government to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will wait for the verdict to come.

Citing the government took action over triple talaq only after the top court verdict, Modi, in an interview with ANI, had said: "I urge Congress people to allow the court proceedings to take place over the Ram temple case in the Supreme court. After the verdict comes, the government will initiate its action."  

Political reactions:

Opposing Ravi Shankar's presence in the mediation panel, AIMIM president and Lok Sabha MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, said the spiritual leader made controversial statements on the case earlier so an neutral person in his place would have been better.

Welcoming the verdict, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, Mayawati, who is also a former Uttar Pradesh Chief MInister, tweeted, "Hon'ble Supreme Court's order to constitute in-camera mediation (in Faizabad) in order to resolve the Ayodhya matter seems an honest effort. Hon'ble Court looking for "a possibility of healing relationships" is an appreciable move. BSP welcomes it."