The Delhi High Court refused to quash criminal proceedings against the mahant of the Kalkaji temple on Tuesday for the alleged mismanagement of temple property.
Upholding the findings of a single judge against Mahant Surender Nath,a division bench headed by Justice A K Sikri dismissed his appeal challenging an earlier Single Judge order and imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on him,as well as co-accused Satish Kumar. The registration of an FIR by the EOW is perfectly justified,as ingredients for proceedings under the provisions of law have been satisfied,prima facie, the bench observed in a judgement.
Pursuing an earlier order by the High Court,the EOW had registered an FIR against the mahant and four of his relatives,to whom he sold the land illegally,and the investigation is underway. The land,which was earlier with the temple,was transferred to the DDA by the Centre in 1983 but the mahant sold it illegally to his relatives in 1999.
The mahant said before the court that he was not aware of the transaction and it was executed by his legal representative,Satish Kumar,without his consent. Earlier,the court found after examining all documents that the mahants statements were wrong and had pulled him up for misleading it for pecuniary motive.
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