Outgoing Chief Justice of India SA Bobde wanted Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to be part of the mediation panel which was set up by the Supreme Court in March 2019.

Outgoing Chief Justice of India SA Bobde wanted Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to be part of the mediation panel which was set up by the Supreme Court in March 2019.

Outgoing Chief Justice of India SA Bobde wanted Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to be part of the mediation panel which was set up by the Supreme Court in March 2019 to resolve the Ayodhya dispute.

President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Vikas Singh said, “Justice Bobde’s willingness to resolve communal tension through mediation was noteworthy.”

This was revealed by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Vikas Singh on the occasion of CJI Bobde’s farewell function.

“While he was in the initial stage of Ayodhya hearing, he was of firm view that the problem could be resolved through mediation. He asked me if Shah Rukh Khan can be a part of the committee. I asked and he was more than willing. Unfortunately mediation did not work,” Singh said.

Regardless, CJI Bobde’s willingness to resolve communal tension through mediation was noteworthy, Singh added.

Justice Bobde was part of the five-judge Constitution bench which delivered the historic verdict in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute.

In March 2019, the Bench had referred the Ayodhya dispute to a mediation panel comprising former Supreme Court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla, spiritualist Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu.

However, the mediation was not fruitful, and the Court, therefore, proceeded to hear the matter for 40 days from August 6, 2019, before reserving its verdict on October 16, 2019.

It pronounced its judgment on November 9, 2019.

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