Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Guru Datta Peetha Devasthana Samvardhane Trust on Wednesday filed two interlocutory applications (IAs) relating to the Datta Peetha at Bababudangiri in Chikmagalur district in Karnataka High Court for vacating a stay on a single judge order and for dismissing the writ appeal.

A single judge had allowed a petition by the trust and directed the Commissioner of Religious and Charitable Endowments to hear all parties, including the trust, before passing orders on religious practices being followed at the Datta Peetha before 1978.

The trust, in its petition, had moved the court against a 1989 order of the Commissioner of Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment. It said that the order was unilateral and that the devotees and the trust had not been heard before an order on the conduct of the rituals at the peetha was passed.

A single judge had on February 14, 2007 partly allowed the petition and asked the Endowment Commissioner to hold and inquiry and hear the public, the members of the trust and devotees before passing an order according to the provisions of the Endowment Act. He had sent the matter back to the commissioner and asked him to pass appropriate orders.

The State had appealed against this order.

A Division Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Deepak Verma, and Justice A.S. Bopanna had allowed an application by Firoz Mohammad Khan to implead himself in the case.

The trust on Wednesday filed two IAs —one seeking vacation of stay of single judge order and the second seeking dismissal of the petition.

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