Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

Chief Justice of India UU Lalit formed a three-judge bench, comprising justices Indira Banerjee, AS Oka and MM Sundresh, to hear a petition challenging the Karnataka high court’s order allowing hold Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at the Eidgah Maidan in Chamarajpet, Bengaluru.

Prior to August 31, the Karnataka government notified the top court that it had granted a temporary permit for religious and cultural activities.

Justices Indira Banerjee, AS Oka, and MM Sundresh made up the three-judge panel led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit to hear a petition challenging the Karnataka high court’s decision to permit Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at the Eidgah Maidan in Chamarajpet, Bengaluru.

After Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia were unable to agree on the question, it was brought before the CJI.

Then, senior attorney Dushyant Dave brought up the situation before the CJI and urged an immediate hearing.

The Basava Bommai-led BJP government in the southern state had already notified the top court that it has granted permission for religious and cultural activities beginning on August 31 for a brief duration.

According to the Waqf Board, a bench request would be made to the CJI on Tuesday. Senior attorney Kapil Sibal requested an urgent hearing on Monday and brought up the Waqf Board petition. He informed the court of the Karnataka High Court’s division bench judgement and warned that undue tension will be generated.

Sibal added that the division bench had overturned a single judge’s order to allow religious and cultural activities at the contentious playground in less than a day.

On August 25, a single-judge court issued an interim judgement directing that the area only be used to commemorate Muslim holidays and as a playground at other times. It also advocated maintaining the status quo on the ground.

The Waqf Board and the city’s administrative authority, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, are at odds over ownership of the Idgah Maidan (BBMP). It was officially acknowledged as the revenue department’s property earlier this month.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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