New Delhi: Setting aside the controversies surrounding them, the panel of Central government appointed interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir is likely to submit its report to the Centre by the month of September.

The three-member panel has been surrounded with controversies for the last few days.

One of the members, Radha Kumar offered her resignation from the panel after fellow interlocutor M M Ansari criticized her for attending a seminar on Kashmir in Europe, organized by the Tramboo Centre in 2006.

Earlier, eminent journalist Dilip Padgaonkar who is leading the panel also courted controversy when he was criticized for attending a Kashmir seminar in the US organized by Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was recently arrested by the FBI for using ISI funds for his activities and for lobbying for Pakistan. Padgaonkar had pleaded he had no knowledge of the sponsors of such seminars.

Given the differences in the panel, the Union Home Ministry convened a meeting of the interlocutors on Wednesday.

Playing down any differences in the team, Padgaonkar had said they visited 18 of the 22 districts and met over 6,000 people in the past 10 months. “We have also held three round-table conferences participated by people from various strata,” Padgaonkar said.

JPN/Bureau