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Sacked from Babri case, says lawyer Rajeev Dhavan

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Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who appeared for Muslim parties in the Ayodhya 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 (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,” Mr. Dhavan added on the social networking site.

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, headed by Maulana Arshad Madani, has filed a review petition challenging the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. Mr. 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,” Mr. Dhavan told PTI.

He said he expressed his opinion on Facebook only after Mr. 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,” Mr. Dhavan said.

“I am committed to the cause and to the Muslim parties but making such statement is completely wrong,” he added.

A five-judge constitution bench on November 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.

Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board said it would continue to engage Mr. Dhavan. “Rajeev Dhavan has always been a symbol of justice and unity. AIMPLB will continue its efforts in the Supreme Court under his esteemed leadership,” said a tweet from AIMPLB’s official Twitter handle.

“We are indebted to the senior advocate Mr. Rajeev Dhavan for his sincere exceptional and incomparable efforts in the Babri case. We hope that he would represent us again when the review petition is filed,” said Maulana Umrain Mahfuz Rahmani, the spokesperson of AIMPLB.

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