Justice SN Dhingra, former Delhi High Court Judge called out the "dramatics" in the Supreme Court, after Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim parties in the Ram-Janmbhoomi-Dabri masjid land dispute case, tore up a pictorial map showing the exact birthplace of Lord Ram during the hearings on Wednesday.
Speaking to Republic TV, the former High Court Judge said that it was unfortunate that the Court "bears" the "tactics." He said, "Some of the advocates consider themselves above the law. By these tactics, they try to intimidate the judges and create a scene in the court. Rajeev Dhavan has shown what he can do by tearing books in the Court."
"Most unfortunate thing is that our Court bears this thing, it is the weakness of the Court that all these advocates can do such things in the Court. They play dramatics in the Court, instead of arguing on law, they try to threaten the court. The Court should have said, you are not here to help us but to help your client. Unfortunately, our Courts have that courage to tell our advocates that they have crossed all limits," Justice Dhingra added.
The reference to the pictorial map showing the exact birthplace of Lord Ram at the disputed site in Ayodhya by Senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing the All India Hindu Mahasabha, was objected to by Dhavan. Dhavan then asked the bench as to what he should do with it, to which the bench said that he can shred it into pieces. Dhavan then tore the pictorial map, provided by the counsel for All India Hindu Mahasabha, in the courtroom.
"May, I have your permission to tear this document, this is Supreme Court and not a joke", Dhavan said. Expressing his dismay over the incidence, Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi said, "As far as we are concerned the arguments are over."
During the arguments, Singh referred to various aspects of the Allahabad High Court judgment and said there has been long faith and belief on the part of Hindus with regard to the sacred nature of the birthplace of Lord Ram.