SC orders mediation in Ayodhya land dispute, restrains media from reporting proceedings

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday referred to Ayodhya’s Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case to mediation for amicable settlement. Former apex court judge Justice (retd) F M Kallifulla will head a panel of mediators in the case. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday had reserved the order after hearing various contesting parties.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

10 Big things to the Supreme Court decision

1- Ram temple will be mediated.

2- The names of the three arbitrators fixed by the Supreme Court

3- Shree Shree Ravi Shankar, Justice Khalifullah, lawyer Shriram Panchu will be the mediator

4- Arbitration begins in 1 week

5- The status report will be given in four weeks

6- The mediators will give final report in 8 weeks

7- The process of mediation will be confidential

8- There will be no media report on arbitration

9- Mediation will be done in closed room in Faizabad

10- Uttar Pradesh government will make all arrangements