Ayodhya case: Advocate Rajeev Dhavan who represented Muslim petitioners sacked, terms the reason for removal 'malicious and untrue'
The senior advocate took to the social media to express his displeasure over the Muslim petitioner's claim that the reason for his removal was that he was 'unwell'.
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan who was the lead counsel for the Muslim petitioners in Ayodhya case on Tuesday said that he has been sacked from the case for reason that he called 'total nonsense'.
Dhavan, who posted the information on Facebook, said he is no longer involved in either in the case or the review petition.
"Just been sacked from the Babri case by AOR (Advocate on Record) 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," he wrote.
"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," Dhavan added on the social networking site.
Advocate-on-record Ejaz Maqbool to ANI: It is wrong to say that Mr Rajeev Dhawan was removed from case (Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind review petition in Ayodhya case) because of his illness. Issue is that my client (Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind) wanted to file the review petition yesterday itself. https://t.co/K9rNgsk0No— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2019
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, headed by Maulana Arshad Madani, has filed a review petition challenging the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict.
Dhavan said he didn't want to divide the Muslim parties.
"I have argued the case for all the Muslim parties in a united manner and would like the same way. The Muslim parties should sort out their differences first," Dhavan told PTI.
He said he expressed his opinion on Facebook only after Maqbool went public about him being sacked because he is unwell.
"If I am unwell, then how come I am appearing in courts in other cases," Dhavan said.
"I am committed to the cause and to the Muslim parties but making such statement is completely wrong."
Just a month ago, the same advocate drew praise from all quarters including the muslim petitioners for the way he led his arguements during the dramatic 40-day-long hearing of the Ayodhya title dispute case. Even the Supreme Court acknowledged the assistance rendered by Dr Rajeev Dhavan.
The 74-year-old senior advocate had given up practice following his courtroom spat with then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. On December 11, 2017, he had called it quits after what he described was a "humiliating end" to the Delhi government-Centre dispute case.
It was after an advocate representing some of the Muslim bodies in the title dispute case urged Dhavan to represent them in the matter, the senior counsel accepted the request.
Dhavan has represented a number of high-profile cases like the Ayodhya dispute, SEBI- Sahara, Rohingya refugees among others.