New Delhi: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, who was a part of the three-member mediation panel set up by the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya land dispute case, on Saturday welcomed the top’s court judgement in the case, calling it ‘great relief’ for members of both the communities.
The spiritual guru tweeted, “I wholeheartedly welcome the historic judgment of the honourable Supreme Court. This has brought joy and relief to people of both communities from a long-standing dispute.”
Last March, he had triggered a row when he said that if the Ram Mandir issue was not resolved, there would be a ‘Syria in India.’
The Ayodhya mediation panel was set up by the top court on March 8 under the chairmanship of retired SC judge FM Ibrahim Kalifulla. Besides Sri Sri, it also comprised known negotiator and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. However, the court concluded that the panel had not been able to resolve the deadlock and began day-to-day hearings in the case from August 6. It reserved its verdict on October 16 after holding 41 hearings.
In its final judgment, the Supreme Court granted the ownership of the land to Ram Lalla Virajman, dismissing the respective ownership claims of the Shia Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. However, it also ruled that the Shia Waqf Board should get an alternate five-acre plot of land. The court also directed the Centre to set up a trust, within three months, to oversee the construction of the proposed Ram Temple on the no-longer disputed site.
The hearings into the case were held by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, which also comprised CJI-designate SA Bobde and Justices Ashok Bhushan, DY Chandrachud and SA Nazeer.