Special Correspondent

The decision to allow public darshan of the Datta Paduka has raised a storm

Bangalore: The decision of the Chikmagalur district authorities to allow public darshan of the Datta Paduka in a shed outside the cave on December 1, as part of Datta Jayanti celebrations by the Sangh Parivar, has yet again raised a storm. Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike has said that the move amounts to violation of the Supreme Court order of December 2008, which had decreed that status quo be maintained at the Sufi shrine. The ‘padukas’ had been transferred from the cave shrine to the district treasury in July 2008, after water gushing into the cave had led to the collapse of a portion of it, rendering it unsafe. The Sangh Parivar organsiations had been demanding that darshan of the ‘paduka’ be allowed during Datta Jayanti. Vedike State Secretary K.L. Ashok said in a statement that the Bharatiya Janata Party Government had pressurised the district administration to violate the court order.