By Abdul Bari Masoud
New Delhi: Advocate Kazam Ali Khan, a Hyderabad-based lawyer made a sensational allegation against Ejaz Maqbool, an Advocate on Record, that he had taken fraudulently an amount of Rs. 60,00,000/- (Rupees Six Million) from Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind ( Arshad) in the name of Dr. Rajiv Dhavan who appeared on behalf of the Muslim parties in the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir title suit case which was finally adjudicated by the Supreme Court on November 9, 2019 last year. It is said Dr. Haven had rendered pro bono legal services in the Bari Mashed case. However, Ejaz Maqbool, who assisted Rajiv Dhavan and was an important member of the Babri Masjid legal team, vehemently refuted the charge terming Khan’s allegations as “all nonsense and a result of professional rivalry.”
In a letter addressed to Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hussaini Nadwi, President, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, the Hyderabad lawyer Khan said, “Hazrat, a few days before Lock-down one very important piece of information came to my knowledge. The information is so important that I want to bring it to your kind notice. Dr. Rajiv Dhavan, Senior Advocate appeared in Supreme Court and argued in favour of Babri Masjid. I salute him for the services rendered by him in Babri Masjid case. This is my belief and claim that the services of Dr. Rajiv Dhawan will be remembered in golden words till doomsday. The astonishing fact which came to my knowledge is that Dr. Rajiv Dhawan has not charged any fee or taken any compensation in lieu of his services.”
He further stated that “By God, Dr. Rajiv Dhavan has created the history. On the contrary there is an advocate whose name is Ejaz Maqbool and he also created the history.”
And alleging that “ Ejaz Maqbool was continuously taking professional fee from Jamiat for Dr. Dhawan and till the end of Babri Masjid case he charged about Rs. 60,00,000/- (Rupees Sixty Lakh) in the name of Dr. Dhawan out of which not even a single penny was given to Dr. Dhawan. Although Dr. Dhavan had declared in the very beginning that he would not charge any professional fee for the cause of Babri Masjid.”
“Here it is necessary to clarify that Ejaz Maqbool has charged his professional fee separately and the amount of Rs. 60,00,000/- (Rupees Sixty Lakh) was charged only in the name of Dr. Rajiv Dhavan.”
Interestingly, instead of asking to Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani, Khan asked Maulana Rabey Nadawi that the money should be taken back from Ejaz Maqbool and it should be placed before Dr. Dhawan with a request that he (Dr. Rajiv Dhawan) should pronounce the judgment as to how this money should be utilized.
“My only demand is that the amount of Rs. 60, 00,000/- (Rupees Sixty Lakh) which Aijaz Maqbool has taken fraudulently from Jamiat in the name of Dr. Dhavan is to be taken back from Ejaz Maqbool and the same be placed before Dr. Dhavan with a request that he (Dr. Rajiv Dhavan) should pronounce the judgment as to how this money should be utilized.”
In his letter, he also asked the Muslim Board president what action had taken against the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board lawyer Shahid Rizvi who on the last day of the hearing in the Babri Masjid case was trying to file an affidavit stating therein that the UP Sunni Board wants to withdraw the case of Babri Masjid which is an unforgettable chapter in the Babri Masjid litigation case.
“May I ask you a question as to what legal action did you take against him? This was the commitment of Muslim advocates mentioned above with the case of Babri Masjid”, Kazam Khan asked.
To my information Mr. Irshad Hanif did not charge any professional fee in Babri Masjid case as long as he was an advocate on record in it and Dr. Rajiv Dhavan did not charge any professional fee as stated above, he added.
Lauding the services of Dr Dhavan in the Babri masjid case, Khan said he would have rewarded law ministry had he fought in faovor of the Ram Mandir case.
“When I contemplate I come to the conclusion that had Dr. Dhavan appeared in favour of Ram Mandir case as an advocate, he would have been appointed as Law Minister of India for his lifetime, the Rajya Sabha seat for Dr. Dhavan would have been very small reward. As a matter of fact the history has been created in itself.”
When Muslim Mirror contacted advocate Ejaz Maqbool to know his reaction on this serious allegation, he refused to comment on it. However, he only stated that “it is all nonsense and out of professional rivalry”. He also asked why did Kazam Ali Khan writea letter to Muslim Personal law Board president when he alleged that I have taken money from the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind( R).
It is to mention here that the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind led Maulana Arshad Madani had fought the Babri Masjid case on behalf of the Muslim parties.
Kazam Ali Khan also commented the Babri masjid judgment who came all along from Hyderabad in filing the review petition against the verdict. He said “if there had been a Super Supreme Court in our judicial hierarchy, the judgment would have definitely been reversed.
“Since I liked the advice of the advocate I came back from Delhi without filing the Review Petition. The pain was very deep. My conscience was not ready to accept that despite all the evidence on record, documents and especially the incident of 6th December 1992, how the Supreme Court came to pronounce judgment against Babri Masjid.”