Better option than court, says Khehar

The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute could be better settled through mediation rather than in court, Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court J.S. Khehar said on Friday.

There are several cases better suited for mediation than the application of law, including “high-profile cases”, Mr. Khehar said at the valedictory function of a five-day mediation training programme for advocates and judges. The training programme was organised by the Bangalore Mediation Centre on the premises of the Karnataka Judicial Academy.

‘Be a good listener'

Among the most important qualities for a mediator is the ability to “listen”, the Chief Justice said. “It is vital also to find out the basis of the dispute.” Mediation demands certain personality traits such as sensitivity, he added.

In a lighter vein, referring to the intractable fracas between Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj, he told presspersons that a solution may well lie in mediation.


Eight High Court judges and 10 senior advocates completed the training programme. The trainees will next be given practical training during which time they will conduct mediation session for 10 cases and then will be enrolled in the mediation centre.

  • Five-day mediation training programme for advocates held

  • Next, trainees will conduct mediation as part of training