New Delhi, July 20: Rajeev Dhawan, a lawyer of one of the Muslim parties on Friday observed that "Hindus acted like Taliban" on December 6, 1992, when Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya. His statement comes during the hearing of the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court. "Hindus acted like Taliban on that day. Whatever happened on December 6 was an act of terrorism," he said.
Earlier, Dhawan had courted controversy by comparing the destruction of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya to the destruction of Buddha statue at Bamiyan, Afghanistan, and told the apex court that "Hindu Taliban" had destroyed the Babri Masjid.
In today's hearing, a lawyer complained to the Bench about how advocate Dhawan compared Hindus to the Taliban. To this, Dhawan said that he meant every word and December 1992 incident, was an instance of "Hindu terror". Dhawan further stated that the mosque was there since 1526 till it was destroyed in 1992, December 6.
"Was there a temple there then? I think, No. They (Hindus) were given the right to worship there," Dhawan said. Following this, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra warned both the parties present in the court to maintain the decorum of the court.
Meanwhile, the three-judge bench of the Apex Court comprising of CJI Misra, Justices Ashok Bhushan, and Abdul Nazeer reserved the judgment on the point whether the Ayodhya matter should be referred to Constitution Bench or not.
The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528, was, on December 6, 1992, demolished by Hindu Karsevaks, claiming that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram temple that originally stood there.