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'Properties of Dargah Won't be Alienated'

Published: 05th February 2016 05:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2016 05:25 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI:  The movable and immovable properties of the Nagore Dargah in Nagapattinam district will not be transferred to third parties until further orders, the Madras High Court has been informed last week.

Recording the submission made by the Additional Government Pleader, Justice MM Sundresh on January 29 said “there shall be an interim direction to this effect”.In his writ petition, Syed Mohamed Kalifa Sahib submitted that after his election as president, Nagore Dargah Advisory Board in December 2013, he had wanted the details of the dargah properties, the largest one in India and second largest in the world.

People belonging to all religions thronged the dargah which possessed huge property spread all over the district. As no information came from the manager and managing trustee of the dargah, Kalifa approached the local district court in December 2014 where the case was still pending.

As his attempts through Right to Information Act failed, he moved the TN Wakf Board, which on January 27, 2015 provided details of the dargah’s properties.

Alleging that properties were unlawfully transferred to third parties, the petitioner filed the present petition for a directive to the Nagapattinam District Judge to probe the movable and immovable properties of the dargah; to take an inventory of properties, and to direct the authorities concerned to assist the judge.

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