NEW DELHI :
THE Supreme Court on Thursday closed a contempt case against an 88-year-old retired public servant for writing letters cursing senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan for appearing for Muslim parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said the man had expressed regret for using such objectionable words in his communication to Dhavan. “Why are you saying all these things.
You are an 88-year-old man. You don’t have respect for the law,” the bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, told advocate M Velmurugan, appearing for the octogenarian. Velmurugan said that the man expresses regret for writing such letters to Dhavan. The bench, while accepting the apologies said that there should not be a repetition of such acts and ordered closure of the contempt case.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Dhavan, said he does want any punishment for the retired public servant but a message should be sent across to all in the country that there should not be any intimidation of any counsel appearing for any party in the case.