In order to bring a solution to the disputed land of Ayodhya, the supreme court on Friday formed a panel of three arbitrators. The panel led by retired Justice Fakir Mohammed Ibrahim Kalifulla includes Sri Sri Ravishankar – the author of ‘the art of living’ – and a senior lawyer Shriram Panchu. As per Supreme Court orders, the media coverage of the entire process of mediation has been restricted.
A duration of 8 week has been granted to the panel to complete their task. Moreover, the supreme court has ordered them to submit a progress report on the matter after 4 weeks of work.
The panel has been given the authority to add more people and seek their advice on the matter, if required. The work will be carried out in closed quarters with utmost confidentiality in the city of Faizabad.
Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla – who heads this panel – is a resident of Karaikandi village located in Tamil Nadu. He started his legal practice as a lawyer in the year 1975 and has fought for the rights of poor labourers. He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Chennai High Court in the year 2000, and was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High court in September 2011. He retried on July 22, 2016.
Sri Sri Ravishankar was born in the year 1956, in Papanasam to a Tamil Iyer family. He is a spiritual guru and a vocal advocate of stress and violence free world. He is the founder of the Art of Living and the International Association for Human Values; and has been a firm believer that the Ayodhya dispute should be resolved through arbitrators outside the court of law.
Shriram Panchu is a senior lawyer and a well-known arbitrator. He hails from Chennai and is the founder of ‘The Mediation Chambers,’ an organization for resolving disputes through arbitration. He also heads the Association of Indian Mediators and has created India’s first Mediation Centre in the year 2005. His work as an arbitrator for the matters pertaining to the Indian law is worth applauding. He has successfully resolved an array of legal issues ranging from family property disputes, commercial and business related disputes and intellectual property disputes among others.
This decision of the Supreme Court has been lauded by the public at large, and a lot of people expressed their hopes to see this issue resolved as quickly as possible.