Ayodhya Case: Senior Counsel Rajeev Dhawan Sparks Controversy, Says 'Babri Masjid Was Destroyed By Hindu Taliban'
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New Delhi, July 13:  Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan has sparked a controversy on Friday during his submissions before the special bench of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case. Dhawan used the term "Hindu Taliban" for the miscreants who demolished the Babri Masjid. While making his submissions Dhawan said, “It is my view that just as Bamiyan statue was destroyed by Taliban, the Babri mosque was destroyed by Hindu Taliban.” The special bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra today resumed the hearing in the Ayodhya case. It also comprises of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer.

During the hearing, Dhawan said, “This Constitution has preserved our democracy and rule of law.” The senior counsel also slammed the Shia Waqf Board for interfering in the case. He said that the Shia Waqf Board had no locus to speak in this case. Earlier on July 6, Dhawan had said that mosques were not built for fun.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman, Waseem Rizvi said that there was never a Masjid on that site in Ayodhya and there can never be a Masjid there. Rizvi further added that It was the birthplace of Lord Ram and only a Ram Temple would be built and that sympathisers of Babar are destined to lose.

Shia Waqf board submitted to the Supreme Court that they wanted to settle the dispute peacefully. The board claimed that the custodian of the Babri mosque was a Shia. Rizvi further added that the Sunni Waqf Board or anyone else was not the representative of Muslims in India.

On May 17, the bench heard the argument of the Hindu groups. In 2010, Allahabad High Court ruled a verdict that divided the controversial Ayodhya land equally among three parties, the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.