Karnataka HC convenes at midnight to allow Hubballi Eidgah Maidan for Ganesha Chaturthitext_fields
Hubballi: At the midnight of the same day when the Supreme Court had ordered not to hold Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations at the Bengaluru Eidgah maidan, the Karnataka High Court held an unusual sitting to allow raising Ganesha pandal at Hubballi's Eidgah Maidan.
The court passed the order at 11.30 pm, on the claim that the Hubballi Eidgah Maidan was different from the case of the Supreme Court order. The Court was hearing a petition filed by a local Muslim organisation, Anjuman-e-Islam challenging the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal commissioner's permission to hold Ganesha Chaturthi at the Eidgah maidan.
The court held that since the ground in question is owned by the Hubballi-Dharwad City Corporation, and it was only leased to Anjuman-e-Islam for 999 yeras, and it was being used for regular activities including parking vehicles, there was no objection to holding Ganesha Chaturthi at the ground.
The ground is allowed to the Anjuman-e-Islam to use only on two occasions, Ramzan and Eid, and otherwise, it is not a place of worship, the court said.
The petitioner argued that by giving permission to erect Ganesha Pandal, the Municipal Commissioner was trying to convert the ground into a place of worship. The Hubballi-Dharwad City Corporation (HDMC) responded that the Corporation has full right over the party and the petitioner has only temporary permission under a lease to hold their religious rituals.
The Hubballi-Dharwad City Corporation (HDMC) had passed an order allowing Ganesha celebrations for three days in the city's Eidgah Maidan, prompting celebrations by Hindu activists, who have been demanding the installation of a Ganesha idol at the maidan.
Six Hindu organisations had sought permission to install a Ganesha idol and one of them had been permitted by the HDMC.