A division bench of the Karnataka High Court came within a day of a single judge of the Karnataka High Court issuing a stay on the use of the controversial Idgah Maidan in South Bengaluru as a playground and for Ramadan prayers. Friday amended the order and empowered the state to decide on land use.
A division bench of the Karnataka High Court on Friday modified the August 24 order based on an appeal filed by the state. The High Court judge’s order on Thursday comes at a time when right-wing groups are demanding the use of the controversial Idgah Maidan for Ganesh festival this year.
In its petition, the Karnataka government on Friday told the High Court that the Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru had received five applications to use the Idgah Maidan land for a limited period on August 31 (Ganesh Chaturthi) “for the purpose of conducting religious and cultural activities”. Allows action on.
“Indian society has religious, linguistic, regional or sectional diversity. The Constitution of India itself fosters a sense of brotherhood among different sections of the society. The principle of religious tolerance is a hallmark of Indian civilisation,” a division bench of the High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice S Biswajit Shetty said on Friday.
“We, therefore, at this stage, on the peculiar facts of the case, modify the interim order and permit the State Government to pass an appropriate order considering the applications received by the DC to use the disputed land for religious and cultural holding. Proceedings for a limited period from August 31,” the High Court said on Friday.