Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, following his epic meltdown in Supreme Court on the last day of the hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi case, justified his tearing off the papers and maps as he had done so after CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked him to tear them up. Speaking on the incident of tearing of the pages in Court in the morning session, he said: “The incident is going viral. But the fact is that I wanted to throw the pages away and the CJI said I may tear them. And I tore them so I’d say it was with the permission of Court.”
“The incident is going viral. But fact is that I wanted to throw the pages away and the CJI said I may tear them. And I tore them so I’d say it was with the permission of Court”
— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) October 16, 2019
Sarcasm is clearly lost on Sr Advocate Rajeev Dhavan. CJI then sarcastically said that yes, he indeed asked the senior advocate to tear off the papers and hence he tore them off.
Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim parties in the Supreme Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid case had a complete meltdown during the hearing in the case today. Dhavan had torn off papers and maps handed over to him by the Hindu Mahasabha as he strongly opposed the party in the Supreme Court.
The Senior advocate Vikas Singh sought to place on record the book ‘Ayodhya Revisited’ by former IPS Kishore Kunal. Senior advocate Singh is representing the Hindu Mahasabha and the book ‘Ayodhya Revisited’ talks about pre-existence of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. This was when Dhawan had a complete meltdown and it the frenzy he started tearing off papers and maps handed over to him by the Hindu Mahasabha as he strongly opposed the party in the Supreme Court.
At one point Dhavan presented such loud arguments in court that CJI took exceptions and said that the judges would get up and go if proceedings went on like this.
Though the CJI later clarified that he had indeed given permission to Dhavan to tear off papers, the fact that Dhavan resorted to such frenetic steps only go on to exhibit his apprehensions regarding the judgement into the politically sensitive case.
Today is the last day of arguments and CJI Ranjan Gogoi has announced that the bench will wrap up the hearing by 5 PM.