Even as the Supreme Court's five-judge conctitutional bench was irked by the 'book tearing' act of senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is a counsel for the Muslim body in the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid Ayodhya land dispute case, Congress has backed his action. Speaking to Republic TV, Congress' senior leader Salman Khurshid calls it 'histrionics.' He praised Dhavan saying that he has a is a brilliant and unique mind. Taking a jibe, he said that those who lost the book, can ask for money. He also added that it would be unfair to question the ability of Rajeev Dhavan's mind.
"I must say, I wish I have the ability of the histrionics that Rajeev Dhavan has. He is a brilliant mind," he said. Khurshid who is also an SC advocate added: "Whoever lost the book, should get the money back from him. I am saying to you some people have a unique mind and Rajeev Dhavan has it. It would be extremely unfair to question him. If your mind is unique and usual, you can do things that are unique and unusual."
As the Ayodhya case entered the last day of hearing, in a distasteful move, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is representing the Muslim group in the case tore a book inside the courtroom. The book in question ‘Ayodhya Revisited’ was submitted to the bench by senior advocate Vikas Singh to supplement his arguments. Dhavan objected to the submission and tore the pages of the book. The bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi condemning the incident stated that if the behaviour continues, they would halt the proceedings and walk out.
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 significant twist on the 40th day of the day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya case, mediation panel of Justice FMI Kalifulla, Senior advocate Sriram Panchu, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar filed a settlement report before the Supreme Court. This came after the Sunni Waqf board surrendered its claim over the disputed land in Ayodhya