New Delhi: Justice (Retd) Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla has been appointed as the head of the Ayodhya Mediation Panel by a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Friday. The panel will also include spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and mediation expert Sriram Panchu.
According to News 18, the three-member panel of mediators will attempt to arrive at a ‘permanent solution’ to the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya from March 15.
Kalifulla was enrolled as an advocate on August 20, 1975. He began practising labour law in the law firm TS Gopalan & Co. He was appointed as a judge of the Madras High Court on March 2, 2000. He became a member of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir in February 2011 and was appointed to serve as the acting Chief Justice two months later. He was named as the Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir in September 2011. He was elevated to the Supreme Court of India and sworn in by the then Chief Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia on April 2, 2012.
Justice Kalifulla played a vital role in suggesting the way forward for the case on BCCI administration by providing “valuable insights”. During his tenure, the learned Judge had delivered several landmark verdicts. Justice Kalifulla retired from the Supreme Court on July 22, 2016.