Bengaluru. In a late night listening to on Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court upheld an order by the Dharwad City Commissioner permitting the Ganesh Chaturthi festival to be held at the Hubballi Idgah maidan. Judge Ashok S Kinagi discovered that the property belonged to Dharwad Municipality and that Anjuman-e-Islam was solely a leaseholder for a interval of 999 years at a royalty of 1 Re each year.
The court docket had heard the matter earlier within the day. The municipal commissioner’s order was challenged in court docket by Anjuman-e-Islam. The court docket had cleared the commissioner’s order, however at the identical time, the Supreme Court was listening to the problem of permitting the festival at the Chamrajpet Idgah maidan in Bengaluru.
Anjuman-e-Islam had claimed that the property in query was protected by the Places of Worship Act 1991, which states that no non secular place of worship could also be transformed. The excessive court docket mentioned that within the case of the property in query, it was not a spot of spiritual worship and was solely permitted for prayers throughout Bakrid and Ramzan.
At different occasions it was used for functions similar to a market and parking zone. The Supreme Court’s standstill order on the Bengaluru Chamrajpet land was additionally not relevant to the case, the High Court mentioned.
The Chamrajpet subject entails a dispute over possession of the property, whereas the Hubballi land is owned by the municipality, which Anjuman-e-Islam additionally acknowledged, the court docket identified.
He had mentioned that if there was any Supreme Court order on the problem of Bengaluru Idgah, the identical is perhaps talked about earlier than it. The Supreme Court ordered standstill within the Bengaluru subject and the Ganesh Chaturthi festival which was to be celebrated by the state authorities needed to be suspended.
The subject was talked about within the Hubballi case. Judge Kinagi heard the case in his formal chamber at 10 p.m. After listening to from the events, together with the state authorities lawyer, he dictated the orders at 11:15 p.m.