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The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to two persons for threatening senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan for asking him not to appear for the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya.

The court issued notices to N Shanmugham, an 88-year-old Chennai-based professor and Sanjay Kalal Bajrangi, a Rajasthan resident.

The order was issued by a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, which asked him to file his detailed response in two weeks.

He is arguing for lead petitioner M Siddiq and the All India Sunni Wakf Board in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.

Advocate Dhavan had filed the contempt petition against both for alleged threats on Monday and the court marked the matter for hearing today.

In his plea, Dhavan alleged that Shanmugam had threatened him through a letter on August 14 for appearing for Muslim parties in the case.

While Dhavan annexed screenshots of Sanjay’s Whatsapp message in the plea that asked for full support in getting positive decision on Ram Mandir Matter.

Advocate Dhavan, through his lawyer Kapil Sibal, pleaded to the court for initiation of contempt of court proceedings against him for interfering with the court proceedings.

The bench has put up contempt pleas for hearing after two weeks.


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