Senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, appearing on behalf of the Sunni Waqf Board and others for the 22nd day of the Ayodhya hearing on Thursday, has alleged that he had received threats on Facebook. Futhermore, on Wednesday, his clerk was also threatened by few other people within the premises of the Supreme Court. "This is not the right atmosphere conducive for hearing," Mr Dhavan said, adding that these things should not happen in the court and "one word from your Lordship" will be enough on this. The bench, which also comprises justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, then proceeded with the hearing in the case.
On September 3, 2019, 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.
Rajeev Dhavan had previously filed a contempt petition against two persons: N Shanmugam, a retired education officer, and Sanjay Kalal Bajrangi, a Rajasthan resident. Dhavan had said that he received a letter on August 14, 2019, from Shanmugam, threatening him for appearing for the Muslim parties. The lawyer 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.
The lawyer had also alleged that he has been threatened both at home and in the court premises for appearing on behalf of the Sunni Waqf Board and others.