Sacked from Ayodhya case, says Dhavan

Refuting claims that he was removed from the case because he was unwell, Rajeev Dhavan added that he is no longer involved with the review pleas.

New Delhi: Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who appeared for Muslim parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case, on Tuesday said he has been sacked from the matter on the ‘nonsensical’ ground that he is unwell.

Dhavan, who posted the information on Facebook, said he is no longer involved in either the review or the case.

“Just been sacked from the Babri case by AOR 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.

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, headed by Maulana Arshad Madani, has filed a review petition challenging the SC’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 said.

“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 on Nov 9 unanimously cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.