Ayodhya case: After threat letter, now Muslim board lawyer says clerk assaulted

Ayodhya case: After threat letter, now Muslim board lawyer says clerk assaulted

The Supreme Court on Thursday took note of the submission of a lawyer, representing Muslim parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, that he has been receiving threat messages for appearing in the matter.

"This has to be deprecated. This is something which should not be happening," a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said on Thursday.

As the bench assembled to commence hearing in the case on 22nd day, senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the Sunni Waqf Board and others, alleged that his clerk was assaulted in the apex court premises as he raised the matter of a threat message sent to him on Facebook.

"This is not the right atmosphere conducive for hearing," Dhavan said adding that these things should not happen in the court and "one word from your Lordship" will be enough on this.

The bench, which also comprises justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, then proceeded with the hearing in the case.