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‘SC upheld High Court’s order on HDMC’s ownership’

Mayor terms the verdict a victory of the people

HUBLI: The Anjuman-e-Islam has said that it will abide by the order of the Supreme Court in the Idgah Maidan case. It had appealed against a High Court verdict in the apex court.

President of Anjuman-e-Islam M.A. Savanur told The Hindu that its appeal had been quashed and so also the appeal on the customary rights of the Hindus. The Supreme Court had delivered the order keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the issue and we would abide by it, he said.

The former Minister Jabbar Khan Honnalli, a former president of Anjuman-e-Islam said: “The Supreme Court has delivered the judgement and we have to obey it.”

Supreme Court advocate B.Y. Kulkarni, who appeared on behalf of the public with regard to their customary rights over the land, said that the Supreme Court had upheld the High Court’s order, which ruled that HDMC was the owner of the land and it was only a licence to pray on Id twice in a year for a period of 999 years.

‘Happiest moment’

MP for Dharwad Pralhad Joshi, who was among the participants in the movement to hoist the national flag at Idgah Maidan during the 1990s said over telephone: “it is the happiest moment in my life. Since 1993, I have been supporting the cause. The Supreme Court has issued a very clear order and there is no scope for confusion. Now that the court has upheld the ruling that the land belongs to Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, it is left to the corporation to take further steps after allowing the Idgah Maidan for Muslims for prayers twice a year.” Mayor Veeranna Savadi termed the verdict as a victory of the people of the twin cities. He said the corporation would take steps as per the direction of the Supreme Court on the Idgah Maidan issue.

Vijayotsava

Meanwhile, members of Hindu organisations, mainly RSS, celebrated “Vijayotsava” at Hutatma Chowk in Deshpande Nagar, by bursting crackers and distributing sweets.

Addressing the gathering, RSS leader Sudheer Nadgir said following the Supreme Court order the HDMC authorities should take steps to hoist the national flag at the maidan on Republic Day.

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