The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it will hear the three petitions seeking a stay on the dastarbandi ceremony (anointment) for the son of Jama Masjid’s “Shahi Imam” Ahmed Bukhari as the “deputy” or naib Imam in detail tomorrow.
The Imam of India’s largest mosque had recently roused controversy by announcing that his 19-year-old son would be appointed the deputy imam and had later said that the dastarbandi was a “private religious ceremony”.
“It’s disturbing how we treat our history. It’s an admitted position that it’s a Waqf property,” additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, who appeared on behalf of the Archeological Survey of India, said.
Alleging that the post of an imam cannot be hereditary under Islam or under Indian law, the pleas state that Imam Bukhari is an “appointee” of the Waqf Board and cannot be allowed to appoint his own successor.