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Property dispute case: ‘Seer’ sends cow, its calf to court to ‘record statement’

The court proceedings were initiated under Section 145 of the CrPC, in view of a “likely breach of peace over a land dispute”

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur |
April 2, 2016 3:21:40 am

A self-proclaimed seer on Friday sent a cow and its calf to a local court in Rajasthan’s Sikar district in connection with a property dispute case. Baba Dinesh Das of Baba Vishambar Das Ji Maharaj Gau Sewa Samiti said some people were making “illegal attempts to seize property”, revenue from which is used to run a cowshed. Hence, he said, he had sent the animals to the SDM court so that their “statements can be recorded”.

“We wanted to tell the court that it is matter of gau mata and they should not be subjected to courts and FIR,” Maharaj Das told The Indian Express. A poster hung sideways from the cow’s back read, “We want justice”, “We want our rights”, “The society will help us get justice.”

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Sikar SDM Rajveer Singh Choudhary did not seem amused by the act and sent the cows outside the court stating that it had summoned Maharaj and others and not the cows.

Das said that the disputed building was donated to them in 2004 by one Shanti Devi, who passed away in 2013. “We use the rent from the ten shops in the building to run a cowshed. But recently, one Sabz Ali produced a fake will of Shanti Devi and staked claim over the building,” he alleged.

“We have over 250 cows in the shed and are in service of gau mata. The entire society is behind us as this is a matter of gau mata, of religion, but there are some elements who have dragged them to the court,” Maharaj said.

Pawan Chaube, SHO of Khandela Police Station, said Shanti Devi donated the building to Maharaj in her will in 2003, but subsequently bequeathed it to her daughter Lalita in 2006 in another will.

“Lalita claimed to be the legal owner and she sold it to one Sabz Ali and seven others. As soon as Maharaj got whiff of the development, he allegedly broke in and set up a temple,” he said.

Chaube said Maharaj had lodged an FIR against Sabz Ali and his associates under IPC Sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), 268 (public nuisance) among others. On the other hand, Sabz Ali and seven others have lodged an FIR under IPC Sections 457 (House trespass or break-in by night in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) and 380 (theft in a dwelling house).

The court proceedings were initiated under Section 145 of the CrPC, in view of a “likely breach of peace over a land dispute”, with both parties being asked to state their respective claims in front of the magistrate. Friday was the first day of the hearing and the matter has now been listed for April 27.

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