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Last Updated : Dec 03, 2019 12:13 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Sacked from Ayodhya case, says Muslim parties' lawyer Rajeev Dhavan

Rajeev Dhavan wrote on Facebook that he is no longer involved in either the review plea or the case

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who appeared for the Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case, on December 3, said he has been sacked from the matter on the 'nonsensical' ground that he is unwell.

Dhavan wrote on Facebook that he is no longer involved in either the review plea or the case.

"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," Dhavan wrote.

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"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.

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, headed by Maulana Arshad Madani, has filed a review petition challenging the Supreme Court of India (SC)'s Ayodhya verdict.

Dhavan said he did not 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 news agency 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."

A five-judge Constitution bench had on November 9, unanimously cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The apex court also directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

(With inputs from PTI)

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First Published on Dec 3, 2019 11:53 am
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