NEW DELHI: In an ugly turn of event in the Supreme Court on Friday, lawyers representing Ram Janmabhoomi case shouted at senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan for his “Hindu Taliban” remarks and rushed towards him but security guards stopped them mid-way and at the orders of the Chief Justice, they were evicted out of the court.
As soon as the hearing began at 2 PM today, sharp reactions took place in the court room between Dhavan and the Ram Janmabhoomi lawyers. They were angry at Dhavan’s last hearing remark wherein he had termed the demolition of Babri Masjid as an act of “terrorism” done by “Hindu Taliban”.
Dhavan began his argument with pressing for reference of the matter to Constitution Bench. He argued that the observations of SC in Ismail Faruqui case that offering of namaz in mosque was not an essential feature of Islam needed reconsideration by a larger bench.
The current case is being heard by a three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.
A lawyer objected to his “Hindu Taliban” remark. CJI Misra called for restraint in the court.
According to LiveLaw.in, Dhavan sticked to “Hindu Taliban” remark and said it is appropriate to describe act of destruction. The objecting lawyer shouted at Dhavan and rushed towards him. Security guards prevented his advance and escorted him out.
CJI Misra intervened saying “Hindu Taliban” remark was inappropriate. Dhavan said he disagrees with Court’s view.
He further said that the mosque was there since 1526. It was destroyed in 1992.
On the importance of mosque and “essential religious practise test”, he said a practise need not be of “particular significance” to get protection. His submissions were in the context of the issue whether offering prayers in a mosque is an essential feature of Islam
The bench reserved judgment on the point whether the Ayodhya matter should be referred to Constitution Bench or not.
The issue about mosque being essential feature of Islam will also be settled by the impending judgment.
Meanwhile, Maulana Arshad Madani of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, said the ruckus by Ram Janmabhoomi lawyers could be part of a planned strategy. Jamiat is one of the Muslim parties in the case.