The contentious issue of Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid may come on the forefront right in the middle of election season as Supreme Court of India has listed the matter to be heard today. The three-member committee constituted by Court to explore the possibility of an amicable solution to the Ayodhya issue submitted its interim report to the court on May 6.
A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer will now examine the report and decide the future course of action.
The Supreme Court had constituted the mediation committee in the month of March.
The panel was asked by the apex court to hold in-camera proceedings and complete them within eight weeks.
The Ayodhya issue is one of the most controversial and divisive issues that have come to affect political discourse in the country for the last three decades. Both communities, Hindu and Muslim have strong feelings attached to the issue.
Supreme Court had appointed F M L Kalifulla, Sri Sri Ravishankar and Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, as members of the mediation committee.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living Foundation.
F M L Kalifulla is a former Supreme Court judge. Justice Kalifulla has rendered many landmark judgments including on carrying out reforms in the BCCI and introduction of Vedic astrology as a course of scientific study in Indian universities.
Sriram Panchu, a senior advocate, is the founder of India's first court-annexed mediation centre in 2005 -- The Mediation Chambers -- in the Madras High Court. He has authored books on mediation, including a comprehensive manual -- Mediation: Practice and Law.
(With PTI inputs)