Mumbai : The Bombay High Court on Monday adjourned the Syedna succession dispute case and has set fresh dates to hear the case. The court has scheduled the next hearings on 22nd April and also on 2nd May.
While hearing a suit filed by Khuzaima Qutbuddin (75) who wants the court to declare him as the 53rd Dai-al-Mutlaq, spiritual head of the million-strong Dawoodi Bohra community, Justice Gautam Patel directed that the hearings will take place in the Central Court on the said dates from 12 pm onwards. Justice Patel has also directed the high court to make all the required arrangements for the hearing.
The Syedna succession controversy erupted after the death of 102 year old Mohammed Burhanuddin’s death in January 2014. Burhanuddin was the 52nd Dai-al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra community, a prominent sect in the city. Burhanuddin’s death sparked dispute between his half brother Khuzaima Qutbuddin and his son Mufaddal Saifuddin, both uncle-nephew claimed themselves as the successor to Burhanuddin.
While Saifuddin took up his father’s office claiming to have been appointed after Burhanuddin suffered his first stroke in 2011, Qutbuddin claims to have been appointed successor by Burhanuddin way back in December 1965.
In Bombay High Court, the case first went to Justice SJ Kathawala, who had earlier represented Burhanuddin in a case, rejected to hear the case citing conflict of interest and then the case was kept on hold for some time. Qutbuddin has time and again argued that he being earlier appointed as a Mazoon (second-in-command in the community) is the real successor as the former (Burhanuddin) too was a Mazoon.