K’taka HC grants permission to instal Ganesha idol at Hubballi Idgah Maidan

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Dismissing a plea of a Muslim body, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday granted permission to a city civic body of Karnataka to celebrate Ganeshotsava at Hubballi’s Idgah Maidan.

The plea was filed by Anjuman-E-Islam against grant of permission to instal Ganesha idol at the disputed Idgah Maidan by Hubbali-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC).

In its adjudication, the Dharwad bench of the high court ruled that the civic body has the authority to grant the maidan for installation of Ganesha idols as prayers on Ramzan and Bakri Eid, are only offered at the main on these two days, except 363 days when the maidan is in the possession and ownership of HDMC, the Court reasoned.

Earlier, the HDMC had granted permission to install Ganesha idol for three days at the maidan after its house panel sought permission after consulting legal experts. The Congress members of the house panel had raised objections to installation of Ganesha idol.

Meanwhile, a three-judge Supreme Court bench set up by newly-appointed Chief Justice of India UU Lalit remanded Karnataka Waqf Board’s plea back to Karnataka High Court which had allowed the use of Idgah Maidan in Bengaluru’s Chamrajpet area for Ganeshotsav.

“Status quo as of today to be maintained. Issues to be taken up by single-judge. SLP disposed of,” the order said.

The Court was hearing two appeals filed by Central Muslim Association of Karnataka and the Karnataka State Board of Auqaf (appellants) challenging a Karnataka High Court verdict.

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