As the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved the verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case of Ayodhya, Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami has weighed in on Rajeev Dhavan's act of tearing apart a book submitted as part of the arguments in the hearing. Senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the Muslim parties, tore a page of the book named 'Ayodhya revisited' in the apex court. His action irked the five judges in the Constitution bench, with the CJI Ranjan Gogoi condemning the incident and stating that if such behaviour continues, they would halt the proceedings of the case and walk out.
"Good evening and welcome, Rajeev Dhavan the lawyer for some of the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya case tore up a map of the Ram Janmabhoomi presented by a Hindu side in an open court - the Supreme Court of India and I think he has done it because he has lost his way. He has lost his way in his own arguments. If the lawyer Rajeev Dhavan feels that he does not have the facts then he has to concede defeat in this case. If Rajeev Dhavan feels he is not a good enough lawyer, that he does not have the depth to argue a case as sensitive as this, then he must accept his gross failure. He must come to terms with his failure. He must analyse the reason for his lack of comprehension and absolute and abject inability to present a case in the level of this one. Or for that matter maybe he must calmly analyse the truth that maybe his case is perhaps weaker, or that he has perhaps not researched things enough. That tonight, little over a fortnight before the highest Court of India decides the oldest and most politically sensitive case, let me say this to Rajeev Dhavan and his fans, that I am ashamed of you. I am ashamed of you Rajeev Dhavan and your conduct. That you have dramatised the proceeding in a serious case and you should face action for disrespect the sentiments of people on one side and the stature of the Court on the other."
The Supreme Court on Wednesday, October 16, reserved the verdict in the contentious and politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute case. The bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and comprising of SC judges Justices S.A. Bopde, D.Y. Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, S. Abdul Nazeer reserved the verdict in the case after hearing the concluding arguments from the parties. The oral arguments in the long-pending Ayodhya case has been concluded. The apex court has given three days' time to the parties to file any written submissions. In a major twist on the 40th day of the day-to-day hearing, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, counsel for Muslim body in the case tore a book showing Ayodhya's Ram Mandir's map. Moreover, the mediation panel submitted a report, reportedly after the Sunni Waqf Board surrendered its claim over the 2.77 acres disputed land. Notably, the five judges will sit in chambers on Thursday and begin deliberations on the Ayodhya verdict, expected before November 17.