Ruckus halts SC hearing on Hadiya case

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Senior advocates spar over BJP president Amit Shah’s “divisive” political rally and U.P. CM Adityanath’s ‘love jihad’ statement

Even as judges “appealed for decorum,” the Hadiya case hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday descended into a high-pitched ruckus with senior advocate Dushyant Dave and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) counsel, Additional Solicitor-General Maninder Singh, hotly sparring over BJP national president Amit Shah’s “divisive” political rally in Kerala and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s public statement that ‘love jihad’ is a reality in the southern State.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra called the exchanges between the lawyers “obnoxious” while Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the Supreme Court should not be forced to comment on the conduct of a political personality unless it is relevant to the case at hand.Justice A.M. Khanwilkar remarked sarcastically that the arguments were so loud that the court could not hear them.He said the Bench had quickly disposed of its other cases to make time for hearing the Hadiya case, only to witness it dissolve into mayhem.

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