No Ganesh puja at Idgah Maidan in B’luru: SC

New Delhi: No Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations will be held at Idgah Maidan in Bengaluru as the Supreme Court ordered status quo on the Idgah land.

A three-judge bench of the top court passed the order on a petition filed by Karnataka Wakf Board and Central Muslim Association of Karnataka challenging an order of August 26 of the Karnataka high court allowing the state government to organize the religious function on August 30 and 31.

The SC said that for 200 years there was no such function organized and the land in question was stated to belong to the Wakf Board and ordered that the status quo be maintained.

The court said other issues raised in the petition will be decided by the high court and disposed of the appeal. The Idgah Maidan has been at the center of a controversy over its ownership between the Waqf Board and the city administrative body – the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Earlier this month, it was said the property belonged to the revenue department.

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