Rajeev Dhawan, the advocate representing Sunni Waqf Board and other Muslim parties in the Ayodhya case after being ‘sacked unceremoniously’ from the Ayodhya case by AOR Ejaz Maqbool, representing the Jamiat, is back on the board and would be handling the four review petition filed by Muslim parties in the Supreme Court against its November 9th verdict.
The AIMPLB has extended its support to these review petitions.
Sr. Adv Rajeev Dhavan who was “sacked” by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind is back on board with these petitions.
— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) December 6, 2019
These four review petitions assisted by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) are likely to be filed today. According to reports, December 6 has been chosen for filing of the petition because today is the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.
In a press statement signed by Mumbai based Jamiat’s legal head Gulzar Ahmed Azmi, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has clarified that Rajeev Dhavan continues to remain the Jamiat’s lawyer. The press release said that there was some misunderstanding and Jamiat thought that advocate-on-record Ejaz Maqbool may file the petition now and later Rajeev Dhavan will argue.
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan had taken to social media on December 3 to inform that he has been sacked unceremoniously. In his post on Facebook, the Sunni Waqf Board and other Muslim parties’ lawyer had said that he has been sacked from the Babri case by Advocate on Record Ejaz Maqbool who was representing Jamiat. “Have sent formal letter accepting the ‘sacking’ without demur. No longer involved in the review or the case,” he posted.
In another post, he had added, “I have been informed that Mr 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.”
In November, talking about Sunni Waqf Board’ decision to not file a review petition against the SC verdict on Ayodhya, the senior advocate said that they have taken this decision under immense pressure. He went on to castigate the chairman of the Sunni Waqf Board, Zafar Ahmad Farooqui by saying that since he has an FIR against him he is subject to the pressure of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, hinting that it is under Adityanath’s pressure that Farooqui decided that they will not file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya dispute.
Meanwhile, in yet another development in the Ayodhya case, the Hindu Mahasabha today has also decided to file a review petition against SC’s order to provide 5 acres of alternate land to Sunni Waqf Board to rebuild the Babri Masjid.