Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee spoke to Republic TV about the act of senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan in the Supreme Court on Wednesday and said that it was shameful. As the Ayodhya case entered the last day of its day-to-day hearings, in an unpleasant move, Dhavan, who is representing the Muslim group in the case, tore a book submitted as part of the arguments inside the courtroom. It had referenced a pictorial map showing the exact birthplace of Lord Ram at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and was submitted by Senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing the All India Hindu Mahasabha, and was objected to by Dhavan.
Further expressing his distress over Dhavan's behavior, Sorabjee said that his work is admirable but this kind of dramatics can't be performed in a courtroom.
"It is very shameful.He is a senior advocate, He should have known better on how to behave. He is a very learned person and I am very ashamed that he did that. I have known him and I admire him for his learning, but not this kind of dramatics. He can't do that in a court of law".
The bench however condemned Dhavans action and said that loud objections are not in the decorum of the court.
Meanwhile, 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 have been concluded. The apex court has given three days' time to the parties to file any written submissions.