Express News Service
KOLKATA: Believe it or not, a authorized battle has been occurring within the Calcutta High Court for the previous 150 years. Said to be the longest-heard authorized matter within the nation, the litigation has its origin in 1872 when the British colonial legislation was reigning supreme. The unique petition associated to Rani Rashmoni’s Arpan-nama (dedication of deeds) for the operating of Dakshiineshwar temple, which receives devotees from all around the nation.
Philanthropist and founding father of the temple Rashmoni had, a day earlier than her dying in 1861, appointed 5 individuals as sebaits to run the temple. She had signed the deed within the presence of six witnesses and it was registered in Alipore court docket six months after her dying.
In 1872, two of the sebaits petitioned earlier than a British decide of the excessive court docket that the deed doesn’t point out the principles and rules to run the temple. After listening to the case for 40 years, the court docket in 1912 chalked out a scheme to run the temple’s affairs and in 1929, the court docket instructed to concern a brand new guideline and kind a board of trustees to run the temple.
As the variety of sebaits of the temple crossed greater than 200, the case was once more heard in 1972 to determine their voting rights in electing the board of trustees. The court docket handed an order in 1986 saying the election can be held each three years beneath the supervision of a court-appointed officer.
The case was once more positioned earlier than the court docket in 2021 wherein it was claimed that the pinnacle of the board was being elected for the previous 35 years preserving the sebaits in darkish. The case is being heard on the idea of the unique petitions by the 2 sebaits in 1872.
Additions to the trailing litigation
The data out there with the HC present that the case is being heard on the idea of the unique petitions of 1872. The newest addition to the dispute is that the pinnacle of the trustee board was being elected for the previous 35 years preserving the sebaits in darkish