Staff Reporter

Further hearing on the case has been adjourned till September 18

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court, in an interim order on Wednesday, stayed a single judge order on the Shree Guru Datta Peetha shrine at Bababudangiri in Chikmagalur district.

The single judge had on February 14 directed the Commissioner of Religious and Charitable Endowments to hear representations by the Datta Peetha Samvardhana Trust and others before passing orders on the religious rites and rituals being followed at the shrine.

The judge had remitted the matter back to the Commissioner and the State and others had appealed against this order.

While the State is seeking a stay on the single judge order and filed an interlocutory application in this regard, the trust and other respondents, including a BJP MLA said that the interlocutory application was misconceived.

Rituals

When the matter came up on Wednesday, a Division Bench comprising Justices S.R. Bannurmath and A.N. Venugopal Gowda sought to know what the rituals were and the arrangements that were being followed at the shrine before the single judge passed the order.

The Bench observed that it would hear the appeal and said the single judge order needed a second look. “It needs reconsideration,” it said. The respondents submitted that all the single judge had done was to remit certain issues back to the Commissioner.

The Bench replied that it would consider the matter and reminded the parties of a Supreme Court direction to dispose of the case expeditiously. The Bench admitted the petition and ordered issue of notices to the respondents.

It has stayed for eight weeks the single judge order as sought by the State and adjourned further hearing on the case till September 18.

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