High voltage drama unfolded during the Supreme Court hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Wednesday when Rajeev Dhawan, counsel for the Muslim parties, tore apart a fresh piece of evidence that the Hindu parties tried to present on the final day of the hearing.
As senior advocate Vikas Singh, counsel for Hindu Mahasabha, sought permission to present a book in front of the Supreme Court bench as a fresh piece of evidence, Dhawan raised an objection.
Singh requested to submit new evidence in the form of a book on the Ayodhya issue written by former IPS officer Kishore Kunal. Dhawan raised a hue and cry and said, "This is now an entirely new book that he wants to bring on record."
The Hindu Mahasabha lawyer tried to argue that the court had allowed him to bring the book inside the court and it has diagrams that show the exact birthplace of Lord Ram.
Rajiv Dhawan then said, "I will tear away the document" and then went on to tear the pages that were handed over by Singh.
As the entire drama on the 40th day of the Ayodhya hearings unfolded in court, counsel for the Hindu Mahasabha said that the new book he was trying to present as evidence shows Sita's kitchen on the southwest side of the disputed birthplace.
"The map shows that the Sita rasoi was to the southwest of the janmasthaan. There was a well 50 feet southeast of the janmasthaan, now it is 50 meters to the southwest of the existing mosque. If you correlate the position, the janmasthaan falls in the middle of what is the mosque structure," argued Singh.
Rajeev Dhawan once again interrupted this argument while Singh continued with his pitch in a loud voice. This is when CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, "If the hearing goes on like this we will simply get up, close the hearing and leave."
Talking about the new book that was presented on Wednesday, CJI Gogoi said, "Can I keep this book? I will read it now and continue reading it till after November."
CJI Ranjan Gogoi is retiring from the Supreme Court on November 17.
The five-judge Supreme Court bench has asked all parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case to finish their arguments by 5 pm on Wednesday.