Court has “killed two birds with one stone”:Salman Khurshid

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New Delhi:The Supreme Court today ordered mediation to settle the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute by a three-member panel including spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Justice (Retd) FM Kalifulla and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. The panel has been given eight weeks by the Supreme Court to arrive at a conclusion. It has to give a status report at the end of four weeks. The three members have the liberty to get more people on board if they want or get any legal help, said the top court.Welcoming the Supreme Court move to refer the long-pending Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute for mediation just months ahead of the general elections, veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid said the top court has “killed two birds with one stone”. “As far as the eight weeks’ time frame and elections are concerned, I believe the SC has killed two birds with one stone. Because this will make sure that the case will not be part of the election discourse and will be independent of that. And no one can use this issue. It will be done only after elections are done with,” said Salman Khurshid.
AIMIM chief Owaisi has expressed his displeasure over the fact that Sri Sri Ravishankar is a part of the mediation committee appointed by the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya dispute, citing the anti-Muslim comments made by the spiritual leader in November. “If you look at high court rules, you’ll find it clearly states that if a person has previously been involved in a dispute, he cannot be the mediator.” On November 4 2018, Ravishankar said, “India will soon turn into Syria if no action is taken against Muslims in the Ayodhya dispute. This will lead to violence.” This Owaisi says, reveals that Ravi Shankar is not a neutral party in the committee. He further clarified that he only speaks for himself and not on behalf of the Muslim Personal Law board.

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