On Tuesday, The Supreme Court sought responses from two persons for allegedly threatening senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan for taking up the case on behalf of the Sunni Waqf Board and other Muslim parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute matter.
"Notice," said the five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi at the start of hearing on the 18th day in the land dispute case. The bench has put up contempt pleas for hearing after two weeks. Dhavan had filed a contempt petition against two persons: N Shanmugam, a retired education officer, and Sanjay Kalal Bajrangi, a Rajasthan resident. Rajeev Dhavan, who appeared for lead petitioner M Siddiq and the All India Sunni Waqf Board, had said that he received a letter on August 14, 2019 from Shanmugam, threatening him for appearing for Muslim parties. Dhavan had said in the plea that he has also received a WhatsApp message from Bajrangi, which was also an attempt to interfere with the administration of justice before the apex court.
He had alleged that he has been accosted both at home and in the court premises. The plea said that by sending the letter the alleged contemnor has committed criminal contempt because
"He is intimidating a senior advocate who is appearing for a party/parties before the apex court and discharging his duties as a senior advocate and he ought not to have sent such a letter."
"Exercise suo motu powers under Article 129 of the Constitution of India and Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act taking cognisance of the criminal contempt on the basis of facts placed on record against contemnor/opposite party for committing criminal contempt," the plea said.
Earlier on Monday, Rajeev Dhavan put forth his arguments that no temple existed on the land before Babri Masjid was built. Dhawan has claimed that there is no evidence of a massive structure's existence on the land prior to Babri Masjid's construction. Dhavan also said that the Archaeological Survey of India was posed with the same question. However, there is no concrete evidence to imply that a temple actually existed.
The case has entered its 18th day of daily hearing.
(With inputs from PTI)