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Ayodhya land dispute: SC-appointed mediation panel holds first sitting In Faizabad

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

The panel, headed by former apex court F M ibrahim Kalifulla, directed that there should not be any reporting of the 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 and senior

The panel said on Wednesday, "The and the members of the committee appointed by Hon'ble of for resolution of Ramjanmabhoomi/dispute had assembled for the first meeting at 10.30 a.m. 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 Hon'ble 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 March 8, the referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-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-bench of the apex court headed by said in its order.

The bench, which also comprised Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, and S Abdul Nazeer, said that the mediation proceedings will be held in in and the will provide the mediators all facilities.

The bench was hearing appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of the which ordered a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in between the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf Board, 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 (¬a) arbitration; (b) conciliation; (c) judicial settlement including settlement through Lok Adalat; or (d) mediation.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 16:20 IST