Judicial Triumphs

  • The Case of Saifee Hospital Trust

    The story behind the landmark…

    Even from a distance one can see the Saifee Hospital building, still under construction, outlined against the Mumbai skyline. For Mumbaikars, it has become a point of curious interest – a 14 level multi-specialty hospital with state-of-the-art technology. Behind this magnificent edifice lies a history of 23 years, which in itself speaks volumes of the commitment of Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA) and thereafter Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (RA) to serve humanity and spread the noble cause of philanthropy without barriers of caste, creed or religion. Continue Reading

    August 7, 2015 • Judicial Triumphs • Views: 506

  • Prevention of Excommunication Act Case


    The decision of the Privy Council in the Burhanpur Dargah Case which upheld the right of the Dai al Mutlaq was annulled by an act passed by the Bombay Legislature under the leadership of Mr Moraji Desai. This act was known as the Prevention of Excommunication Act. Empowered by this act, earlier excommunicated members instituted suits in court. Dawat was confronted by legal challenges backed by statutory law. After much deliberation, Syedna Taher Saifuddin Saheb decided to challenge the validity of the Act on the grounds of violation of fundamental rights of the Dawoodi Bohra Community guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. Continue Reading

    August 7, 2015 • Judicial Triumphs • Views: 354

  • Chandabhoy Galla Case


    The Chandabhoy Galla Case is the most celebrated case in the history of dawat. The case was filed by the Advocate General of Mumbai at the behest of Adamjee Pirbhai family members. The case was filed in 1917 and decided in 1921. The case related to a number of properties including a) the tomb of Seth Chandabhoy Currimbhoy and the offerings placed in the galla; b) Badri Mahal which was then the residence of Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA). Issues raised, however, were of far greater significance than the properties included in the case. Continue Reading

    August 7, 2015 • Judicial Triumphs • Views: 484

  • Hakimi Darga Case


    From a legal perspective, the Hakimi Darga Case holds even more significance than the much celebrated Chandabhoy Galla Case. The Chandabhoy Case was binding only on the courts within the Province of Bombay. Thus issues settled there were raised once again in Burhanpur which was in the then Central Province. The final verdict was given by the Privy Council which was the final court of appeal in India at the time. Continue Reading

    August 7, 2015 • Judicial Triumphs • Views: 478