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Court had directed HDMC to hold talks

Commissioner’s efforts for amicable solution prove futile

Proposals submitted by both parties to be sent to court

HUBLI: Efforts by Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner P.S. Vastrad to find an amicable solution to the Idgah Maidan row proved futile on Saturday.

Mr. Vastrad said since no amicable solution could be arrived at, the proposals submitted by Anjuman-e-Islam and petitioner Guraiah Salimath, who represented the Hindu groups, would be sent to the Supreme Court.

Submission

In a written submission to the HDMC Commissioner on September 29, Anjuman-e-Islam requested the Government to handover the Idgah Maidan to it for maintenance, allow it to hold mass prayers twice a year, and to construct a compound wall around the maidan.

However, Mr. Salimath, sought adherence to the High Court verdict on the issue in the written submission.

Mass prayers

The High Court had ruled that the Idgah Maidan belonged to the HDMC and it should take care of its maintenance, while allowing the Muslims to hold mass prayers twice a year.

After handing over the submissions to both the parties, Mr. Vastrad had asked them to come back with their replies to the submissions on Saturday.

However, during the meeting on Saturday, both the parties failed to reach an agreement on the issue. This forced the HDMC Commissioner to end the meeting without arriving at any solution.

The Supreme Court had directed the HDMC to hold talks to arrive at an amicable solution before October 6, which is the next date of hearing.

On merit

A Supreme Court Bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Mukundakam Sharma had made it clear that if there was no compromise on the issue, it would decide the appeal on merit.

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