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Ayodhya Dispute Mediation Panel: Who is Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla

Justice Kalifulla is known for delivering several landmark judgments

Friday March 8, 2019 3:34 PM, ummid.com News Network

Justice Kalifulla

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India Friday constituted a 3-member committee to mediate in the Ayodhya land dispute case. The Supreme Court of India said the committee should start working within a week.

The Apex Court further said that the mediation process will be held in Faizabad with total confidentiality and the committee should complete the mediation within eight weeks.

The Ayodhya Dispute mediation committee will be headed by Justice (Retrd) Fakkir Mohammed Ibrahim Kalifulla. Hindu guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and ace mediator and lawyer Sriram Panchu will be the members of the committee.

Justice FM Kalifulla is the son of Late Justice M Fakkir Mohamed. The 68-year-old retired Supreme Judge had started his career as an advocate in August 1975. He was also an active labour law practitioner. On March 02, 2000, Justice Kalifulla was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Madras High Court.

He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court on April 2, 2012. Justice Kalifulla retired from the Supreme Court of India on 22 July 2016.

Prior to his stint at the top court, Kalifulla was appointed He was appointed Chief Jiustice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court in September 2011.

Justice Kalifulla is known for delivering several landmark judgments. In one case relating to a local body election of the Chennai city corporation, Kalifulla as part of a divisional bench held that the election result of 99 wards was liable to be set aside. The matter was referred to a third judge who also confirmed the view of justice Kalifulla.

Among the other members of the committee are Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who had been advocating constructive dialogue between the opposing parties on Ram Mandir issue and Sriram Panchu, 69, - a senior advocate and mediator. Sriram Panchu is founder of The Mediation Chambers - India's first court-annexed mediation centre in 2005. He played a key role in making mediation a part of India's legal system.

Talking to reporters after the SC formed the Ayodhya Dispute panel headed by him he said thatthe panel will make every effort to resolve the issue "amicably".

"I understand the Supreme Court has appointed a mediation committee headed by me. I'm yet to receive the order copy. I can say if a committee has been constituted we'll make every effort to resolve the issue amicably," Justice Kalifulla told reporters after the top court's order.

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