New Delhi, Sep 3 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Chennai-based professor N. Shanmughan in connection with a contempt petition filed by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, alleging that the professor had threatened him for representing Muslim parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
The 88-year-old professor would have to make a personal appearance before the court in accordance with the notice issued on the contempt petition.
The professor had allegedly cursed Dhavan for appearing for the Muslim parties in the top court.
“The letter was sent C/o. Supreme Court Bar Association and the staff of Supreme Court Bar Association handed over the said letter to the petitioner on August 22, 2019,” said the petition.
Dhavan said that he had also received a WhatsApp message from one Sanjay Kalal Bajrangi, which he described as an attempt to interfere with the administration of justice by the apex court.
“By sending the letter, the alleged contemnor has committed criminal contempt because he is intimidating a senior advocate who is appearing for a party/parties before the top court and discharging his duties as a senior advocate and he ought not to have sent such a letter and therefore the petitioner is constrained to file the present contempt petition,” read the petition.
Dhavan filed the petition through his advocate-on-record Ejaz Maqbool and submitted a letter dated August 23, along with the letter received from Shanmugam for initiating suo moto contempt petition against the professor.