The Supreme Court is likely to consider the
“outcome” of mediation proceedings conducted by a panel set up to resolve the Ayodhya
Dispute. The Ayodhya case pertains to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land
The Supreme Court had referred the Ayodhya case
for mediation. The court had invoked Section 89 of the Civil Procedure Code
(CPC) to propose mediation as an “effective utilisation of time”. Section 89
enables civil courts to refer parties to alternative dispute resolution so that
the disputes may get resolved earlier.
The Supreme Court had formed a three-member
panel for mediation. The panel of mediators comprises former apex court judge
Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla, as Chairman; and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi
Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, as members.
Mediation is one of the methods of Alternative
Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR is the procedure for settling disputes without
Mediation is a procedure in which the parties
discuss their disputes with the assistance of a trained impartial third
person(s) who assists them in reaching a settlement.