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Seer urges SC to replace Ravi Shankar from mediation panel

Press Trust of India  |  Mathura (UP) 

on Saturday called for replacing from the panel formed by the to mediate the Ram Janmabhoomi-land dispute.

"While I appreciate the gesture of the apex court for finding out an amicable settlement by forming a mediation panel, I urge them to replace Sri since he had earlier failed in his mission of a compromise formula. And, therefore, he might not be taken seriously by both the sides," Maharaj told reporters here.

The seer clarified that he did not have any grudge against However, he added, since Ravi Shankar's compromise formula was not acceptable to both the groups, an eminent person, who has patience, might bring fruitful result.

The had on March 8 referred the decades-old politically-sensitive land dispute case for mediation by a panel headed by former apex court F M I Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement.

Spiritual guru and founder of and Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, will be the other two members of the panel of mediators.

"Modi should have brought a bill for the construction of a Ram temple because people had given a huge mandate in and at the Centre. The atmosphere was also conducive, but now... the time has passed," the seer said. "Now, the only course left is to get redressal from the top court that would deliver its judgment on the basis of facts and discretion."

Referring to the mediation process, the shankaracharya said the top court had tried to retain the harmony between both the groups. He appealed to both the groups to desist from taking extreme positions.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against a 2010 judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and

On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century, was demolished.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 16:55 IST
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