Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Saturday highlighted the importance of mediation as a mode of resolve disputes which could also go a long way in saving judicial time and resources..To bring home his point, the CJI recounted an episode from Mahabharata when Lord Krishna attempted mediation in a bid to prevent the Kurukshetra war."We all know the consequences of failed mediation and imagine how many lives could have been saved if Lord Krishna succeeded," the CJI said.He was speaking at the two-day national conference on “Mediation and Information Technology” at Ekta Nagar, Narmada, Gujarat.The conference was inaugurated by President of India, Ramnath Kovind..CJI Ramana in his speech also underlined the role of courts in advancing mediation. "An active effort must be taken by courts to make mediation and negotiation mandatory for case management. Lawyers must pursue every chance of pre-litigation mediation," he opined..Such alternate dispute resolution mechanisms can also save judicial resources, he added. "Mediation and negotiation at pre litigation stage are one of the most empowering method to resolve disputes as they maximise stakeholder participation. ADR is based on participation model," the CJI said.Mediation, he stated, is also gaining foot in international commercial sphere and private mediation at pre-litigation stage is also becoming the norm.