Ayodhya case: Clerk threatened on Supreme Court's premises

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12 Sep 2019

Ayodhya case: Muslim party's advocate alleges his clerk was assaulted

Senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, who is appearing for the Sunni Waqf Board in the sensitive Ayodhya case, on Thursday alleged that his clerk was assaulted on the Supreme Court's premises.

During the hearing of the title dispute, Dhavan said, "This is not the right atmosphere conducive for hearing."

He mentioned, "one word from your Lordship" should be enough to stop such incidents.

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Threats

Dhavan said he has also received threats

Dhavan said he has also received threats

While talking about his clerk, Dhavan pointed out to the apex court that he had received threatening messages in the past.

He claimed people messaged him asking whether he was "in favor or against Lord Rama".

The advocate also mentioned that he has filed a contempt petition against an elderly person and he cannot keep filing such pleas regularly.

Security

Subsequently, Supreme Court offered security to Dhavan

After hearing Dhavan's side, the five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer took note of submission and condemned the incident.

The court also offered protection to Dhavan, which the advocate refused stating that assurance was enough.

Earlier, on September 3, the apex court had issued a notice to two individuals for allegedly threatening Dhavan.

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Here's what the Supreme Court said on the matter

"This is something that should not be happening. We are in the midst of an argument. Counsel for both sides must be free to make their submissions free from all influences, however subtle they might be," the bench said.

Hearings

Interestingly, the Ayodhya verdict could come out in November

Meanwhile, it is likely that the five-judge bench led by CJI Gogoi could pronounce its verdict in the decades-old case in November.

The Hindu side, including deity Ram Lalla and Nirmohi Akhada, has concluded its arguments, and the bench is now listening to the Muslim side.

To recall, the 2.77 acres of disputed land was divided equally by Allahabad High Court in 2010.

Mediation

Earlier, high-profile mediation panel failed to reach a solution

Earlier, high-profile mediation panel failed to reach a solution

None of the parties were satisfied with the verdict and knocked on SC's doors. As many as 14 pleas were filed in SC related to the case.

Earlier this year, with an intent of giving "healing a chance", SC referred the case for mediation.

But the panel, headed by former SC judge FMI Kalifulla, failed to bring warring parties on one page.

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What did Dhavan told the court?

Asked 2019-09-12 18:50:27 by Pari Dutta

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Dhavan said, "This is not the right atmosphere conducive for hearing." He mentioned, "one word from your Lordship" should be enough to stop such incidents.

What did the court say?

Asked 2019-09-12 18:50:27 by Ridhi Bose

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The five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, took note of the submission, and condemned the incident.

Where is the case as of now?

Asked 2019-09-12 18:50:27 by Angel Rathore

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On August 8, a five-judge bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi had said that it will hear the Ayodhya case five days in the week -- from Monday to Friday. The court is hearing appeals against the September 30, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court.

Was the lawyer offered any protection?

Asked 2019-09-12 18:50:27 by Aaradhya Chattopadhyay

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The court offered Dhavan protection, which the advocate refused stating that court assurance is enough. Earlier, on September 3, the apex court had issued a notice against two individuals for allegedly threatening Dhavan.

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