June 15, 2018

Rajasthan HC’s order in Jaipur’s Baiji Temple case overruled: SC

Supreme Court Of India

On June 15, the Rs 1 lakh fine levied on Purushottam Bharti and others charged of absorbing the Baiji Temple land at Badi Chaupar has been waived off by the Supreme Court.

An SLP was filed bythe legal heir of Banshidhar Sharma. The SC bench headed by Judge Kurian Joseph gave the order and dismissed the SLP. Earlier, the govt was instructed to take into their possession the temple within a span of two months. It was passed on April 20, 2018. Along with this, the court had also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the legal heir Purushottam Bharti and others.

According to the case, the government had entrusted the management of the temple to Banshidhar in 1955. Following which, Banshidhar claimed temple as his ancestral property in 1961. Legal heirs of Banshidhar organised a press conference after the favourable order from SC. On behalf of the petitioners, Advocate Ramrakh Sharma said SC has dismissed the original claim. “In such a situation, if government has to vacate the temple now, then legal process will be implemented for it,” he said.

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