Karnataka HC reserves judgement on Mangaluru's Malali mosque dispute

Published on Jun 25, 2022 01:05 PM IST
The Karnataka high court reserved its judgement for pronunciation on a suit seeking a survey of the Malali mosque on the outskirts of Mangaluru after a Hindu temple-like architectural design was discovered underneath it.
A Hindu temple-like architectural design was discovered underneath an old mosque near Mangaluru in April. (ANI image)
A Hindu temple-like architectural design was discovered underneath an old mosque near Mangaluru in April. (ANI image)
ByYamini C S | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

The Karnataka high court on Friday reserved judgement on a suit pending before a Mangaluru court, which had sought a survey of the Malali mosque on the outskirts of the city after a Hindu temple-like architectural design was discovered underneath it during April renovation works, PTI reported.

The III Additional Civil Court in Mangaluru is hearing the case on the Assayed Abdullahi Madani mosque in Malali in the Thenka Ulipady village near Mangaluru. The case was filed by individuals TA Dhananjaya and BA Manoj Kumar who sought an inspection of the mosque to ascertain if the parts uncovered during renovation belonged to a temple, PTI said.

Also Read: VHP leader hints at 'Ram Mandir-like campaign' in Mangaluru

The court was hearing arguments whether such a suit was maintainable. According to reports the petitioners approached the high court demanding that the lower court should appoint a commissioner to conduct the survey.

The Karnataka high court directed the civil court not to pronounce its verdict on maintainability of the suit. The single-judge bench of Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum had issued notice to mosque authorities and adjourned the hearing to June 17. The court has now heard both sides' arguments and on Thursday reserved its judgement.

Section 144 was imposed within 500 metres of the mosque last month after a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader warned of a 'Ram Mandir-like campaign' in the fight for control of premises.

Coastal districts of Karnataka, like Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and in particular, Mangaluru, are known to be more sensitive in the face of religious and communal conflicts over the years. These districts witnessed over 120 communal incidents in 2021, the highest in the last four years, data compiled by Suresh Bhat, a member of Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum and People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Mangaluru, indicated.

(With PTI Inputs)

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Arun Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary in-charge of Karnataka, met Yediyurappa on Thursday. (HT Photo)

    Karnataka: Arun Singh meets Yediyurappa, says "party will expand under him"

    A day after former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was inducted into the new BJP parliamentary board, state BJP in-charge, Arun Singh met Yediyurappa on Thursday. "I congratulate him on his appointment. He is a senior leader and has been CM four times. BJP would be able to expand throughout southern parts of the country under him," said Arun Singh after meeting him. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was also dropped from the Parliamentary board.

  • According to a report, three schools in Bengaluru are already on the radar of Karnataka government for allegedly skipping the practice of skipping the national anthem. 

    Karnataka govt makes singing national anthem mandatory in all schools

    The Karnataka government has issued an order making it mandatory to sing the national anthem at all government and private schools as well as pre-university colleges in the state. The Basavaraj Bommai-led government released a statement to all educational institutions on Wednesday after it reportedly received complaints that the national anthem was being skipped during morning assemblies in some schools. The order also quoted Section 7(2) (g) (I) of Karnataka Education Act, 1983, which said “it is necessary to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem”.

  • Nishad party members taking out a Tiranga rally on August 14. (Twitter (@RMNnishad4u))

    UP: Quota politics back in focus; decision on including Nishads under SC soon

    Quota-based politics seems to be returning to focus in Uttar Pradesh. A day after Bharatiya Janata Party ally, the Nishad Party, said that an announcement on moving their community from OBC to Scheduled Caste is imminent, the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party has now flagged its long -standing demand for implementation of the social justice committee report. It is a demand with which BJP's other ally, Apna Dal (Sonelal), isn't comfortable with.

  • File photo of Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference.

    Who took the decision, asks Sisodia amid row over resettling Rohingyas in Delhi

    Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday that he had written to Union home minister Amit Shah urging him to clarify the Centre's stand on shifting of Rohingya Muslims to EWS flats in the national capital. He asked who took the decision on the resettlement of the Rohingyas if it was not the Centre as neither the Delhi government had decided anything on it. Sisodia said while addressing a press conference.

  • Mukhtar Ansari (HT File Photo)

    ED raids in Delhi and UP in crackdown on Mukhtar Ansari, associates

    LUCKNOW: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday conducted searches at multiple premises linked to jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, 59, in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in connection with a money laundering case registered against Ansari and his brother, Bahujan Samaj Party MP Afzal Ansari in July last year, people familiar with the matter said. In Mau, ED officials also raided the premises of his three business associates including a bus operator of Mau.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now