Bombay HC orders dismissal of Shirdi trust
The High Court ordered the formation of a new committee within 15 days.
Mumbai: The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court has ordered the dismissal of the Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi. The court while passing the order on Tuesday instructed Shirdi collector to overlook the formation of a new committee within 15 days.
The court's decision came on a PIL filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Shirdi president Rajendra Gondkar and social activist Sandip Kulkarni.
Saibaba Sansthan Trust governed the Sai Baba temple, one of the richest in India, located at Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
It is estimated that the trust receives crores of rupees in donations everyday and so the control over it coveted. The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court accepted the contention in a PIL that appointments to the Shirdi Trust were done in an arbitrary manner.
The PIL also argued that several former MLAs and MPs were appointed to the Shirdi Trust in a clear violation of the eligibility rules that had been laid down.