Friday, November 21, 2014

Imam Delhi Jama Masjid: High court refuses to stay Dastarbandi of Naib Imam

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the 'dastarbandi' (anointment) ceremony at Jama Masjid, in which Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari's son is to be appointed the Naib Imam, saying the ritual has no legal sanctity.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw said in its order after hearing arguments on a bunch of public interest writ petitions that since the 'dastarbandi' had no legal position, as informed by the Union Government and the Delhi Waqf Board, it could not stay the ceremony.
The Court issued notices in the case to the Centre, Delhi Waqf Board, Mr. Bukhari, Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi Development Authority and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and asked them file their response by January 28.
The PILs had contended that Mr. Bukhari's decision to anoint his 19-year-old son, Shaban, as the Naib Imam of the Mughal-era mosque at a ceremony scheduled for Saturday was wrong as neither the ritual had the legal or religious sanctity nor was the Imam's post hereditary.
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Friday said the ceremony by Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari to annoint his son as his successor has no legal sanctity.
However, the court refused to stay the ceremony scheduled for Saturday.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said the function is not legal and will not give any "special equities" in their (Imam's) favour.
The bench issued notice to and sought responses of the Centre, Wakf Board and Bukhari on the three PILs challenging the Imam's decision to appoint his son as the Naib Imam.
The court also questioned the board why it has not taken any action against Bukhari till date.
On Thursday, during arguments on the three petitions, the Centre and the Wakf Board had submitted before the court that the ceremony by Jama Masjid Shahi Imam anointing his son as his deputy and successor has no legal sanctity.
The board, in its response to the court's query as to what was their legal position on the issue, had also said that it would be holding a meeting soon and action will be taken against Bukhari for what he has done.



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