New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Minister Mukut Bihari Verma's statement, "temple will be constructed as Ayodhya since Supreme Court is ours" has not gone done well with the Apex Court.
A Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said: "We deprecate such statements. This should not be happening in the country. Both sides are free to put their arguments before the court without any fear."
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, arguing for the Muslim side, on Thursday raised the issue before the Bench and specifically pointed out the atmosphere of fear and threat being developed around the proceedings in the top court with regard to the case. Dhavan informed the court that the atmosphere is not conducive to continue arguments on the matter and cited fresh threats to his legal team's clerk.
The Constitution bench asked Dhavan whether he needs security, to which Dhavan said he does not need security and insisted that he had been non-partisan when he argues a case before the court. Dhavan cited his arguments in the Kashi and Kamakshya cases in past.
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