09/11/2019 2:16 PM IST

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar On Ayodhya Verdict: 'Joy And Relief To Both Communities'

He was part of a three-member mediation panel appointed by the Supreme Court.

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File image of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

NEW DELHI — Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was part of a three-member mediation panel in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, on Saturday described the Supreme Court verdict on the matter as “historic” and said it has brought “joy and relief” to people of both the communities from a long-standing dispute. 

The Supreme Court on Saturday granted the disputed site to Hindu parties and directed than an alternative five-acre plot be given to the Muslim litigants.

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Ravishankar told reporters that he “wholeheartedly” welcomes the judgement of the Supreme Court and the case which had been going on for long has finally reached a conclusion. He urged people to maintain peace and harmony in the society.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the historic judgment of the Hon. Supreme Court. This has brought joy and relief to people of both communities from a long-standing dispute,” he said in a tweet. 

The apex court first appointed a three-member mediation panel, comprising Justice FMI Kallifulla, spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate and renowned mediator Sriram Panchu.

However, when the Supreme Court was told that the four-month-long mediation proceedings did not result in any final settlement, it decided to take up the matter in marathon hearings.

Yoga guru Ramdev also hailed the apex court’s judgement and said the “we should set an example of unity in front of the world”.

“Hindu brothers should set an example by helping Muslim brothers in construction of mosque,” he told reporters.

He further said no celebrations should be held which would hurt the sentiments of anyone.