‘Nonsense’: Jamiat ‘sacks’ counsel Rajeev Dhavan from Ayodhya case

LUCKNOW: Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who had been the face of Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case, on Tuesday announced his sacking by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s advocate-on-record Ejaz Maqbool.
Dhavan, who made the announcement on Facebook, also wrote that he has “sent a formal letter accepting the ‘sacking’ without demur”.
“No longer involved in the review or the case,” he wrote further.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind had on

Monday filed a review plea of the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict

. Maqbool had informed media about the same following which a press conference was held in Delhi addressed by Jamiat president Maulana Arshad Madani.
“I have been informed 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 wrote on his Facebook page.
Hours after Dhavan’s announcement, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) – which will file review pleas on behalf of other individual Muslim litigants in the Ayodhya case – tweeted it will continue to fight the case under Dhavan’s leadership.
“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 Board secretary and spokesperson, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani.

“We are indebted to the senior advocate Rajeev dhavan for his sincere exceptional and incomparable efforts in the Babri Masjid case. We hope that he would represent us again when the review petition is filed,” another AIMPLB secretary Maulana Umrain said.

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