Supre Court lawyer Rajiv Dhavan, who represented the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case, has taken to social media to inform that he had been sacked by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind for ‘nonsense’ reason.
He wrote, “Just been sacked from the Babri case by AOR Ejaz Maqbool who was representing the Jamiat. Have sent formal letter accepting the ‘sacking’ without demur. No longer involved in the review or the case.”
In another post, Dhavan wrote, “I have been informed that Mr (Jamiat chief Arshad) Madani has indicated that I was removed from the case because I was unwell. This is total nonsense. He has a right to instruct his lawyer AOR Ejaz Maqbool to sack me which he did on instructions. But the reason being floated is malicious and untrue.”
Dhavan later told news agency ANI that even though the reason cited for his sacking was a ‘lie.’
The news of Dhavan’s sacking spread with lightning speed prompting other Muslim parties in the case to extend their support to him. MR Shamsad, a lawyer for the Muslim Personal Law Board was quoted by NDTV as saying, “There are five other parties who want to keep Rajeev Dhavan as lead lawyer in the case. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is trying to convince him to argue for other Muslim parties.”
Jamiat has decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s order awarding the disputed site in Ayodhya to Hindus for the construction of Ram Temple. A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on 9 December had cleared the way for the construction of Ram Temple while allotting five acres of land to Muslims for the construction of a mosque elsewhere.
Dhavan told news agency PTI that he did not want to divide the Muslim parties and took to Facebook only after Maqbool went public saying that he was sacked due to poor health.