Govt appointing Mujawar to perform Hindu rituals in Datta Peetha counter to Muslim belief: HC

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Bengaluru, Sep 28 (PTI) In a significant order related to the decades-old Guru Dattatreya Peetha-Baba Budangiri Dargah dispute in Chikkamagaluru district, the High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday quashed a state government order allowing only a Mujawar (Muslim priest) to offer flowers and light 'Nanda Deepa' of Dattatreya Swami as it ran counter to the Muslim belief system.

Justice P S Dinesh Kumar noted that the government order permitted only a Mujawar, to be appointed by Shah Khadri, to enter the sanctum of the cave and to distribute 'Teertha' (Charanamrit) to both Hindus and Muslims.

The high court said the order is in "flagrant violation of rights of both communities (Hindus and Muslims) guaranteed by Article 25 of the Constitution of India."