Talk to resolve: SC,8 weeks to submit report on Ayodhya case

A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, sent the Ayodhya dispute for mediation in camera. The panel is headed by retired SC judge FMI Kalifulla including spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.While some of the Muslim parties had agreed to the court’s suggestion on mediation, some Hindu bodies including the Ram Lalla Virajman opposed it, saying several such attempts have failed in the past.Even in 2017, the bench headed by Justice Khehar had said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.The apex court said that the mediation proceedings will be held in utmost confidentiality and no media neither print or electronic will be allowed.