Karnataka Waqf Board urges SC not to allow Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at Idgah Maidan in Bengaluru
According to the Waqf council, the land of Idgah is the property of the Waqf and not just a public space
Supreme Court of India. ANI
New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festivals, the Karnataka State Waqf Board has approached the Supreme Court to challenge the recent order passed by the Karnataka High Court allowing the celebration of Ganeshotsav at Idgah Maidan at Chamarajpet in Bengaluru.
Senior Solicitor Kapil Sibal, representing the Muslim body, mentioned the matter for an urgent hearing before India’s Chief Justice UU Lalit.
Sibal pointed out that the Supreme Court in 1964 declared that the Municipality of Bangalore had no right to the same, stating that the High Court’s verdict had effectively allowed “anyone” to organize religious ceremonies on the grounds and religious ceremonies of several religions which could coincide.
According to him, this could lead to the creation of unnecessary religious tensions.
According to the Waqf council, the Idgah land is Waqf property and not just a public space.
According to a report by India todaythe bench of CJI UU Lalit and judge S Ravindra Bhat agreed to hear the case on Tuesday.
The decision comes after the Karnataka High Court on August 26 granted permission for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations to be held at Idgah Maidan in Chamarajpet in Bengaluru.
The directive came as the BJP-led state government filed an appeal against the August 25 interim order to maintain the status quo.
According to the report, Karnataka Waqf Board and Chamrajpet Musim Association moved SC, claiming that Idgah land belongs to Idgah. The claimants also state that a 1964 Supreme Court verdict upheld their claim to the land.
However, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has, however, since it is a disputed land, it can be ceded for “all religious and cultural functions”.
With contributions from agencies