Shankaracharya row: No HC interim relief to Swami Vasudevananda

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday declined to grant interim relief to religious leader Swami Vasudevananda Saraswati who has challenged a lower court order declaring his claim to the title of "Shankaracharya" of Jyotishpeeth Badrikashram shrine as illegal.

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday declined to grant interim relief to religious leader Swami Vasudevananda Saraswati who has challenged a lower court order declaring his claim to the title of "Shankaracharya" of Jyotishpeeth Badrikashram shrine as illegal.

A division bench, comprising Justice Sudhir Agrawal and Justice Dinesh Gupta, declined to grant any interim relief to the appellant and fixed the matter for further hearing on July 14.

Swami Vasudevananda Saraswati had challenged the order of the Civil Judge (Senior Division) here of May 5, whereby he was also restrained from using the various insignia that pontiffs of the four shrines set up by Adi Sankara are entitled to carry.

The lower court order was passed on a petition filed by the Shankaracharya of Dwarka Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati way back in 1989.

The Dwarka pontiff, who has been holding the additional charge of the shrine at Badrinath Dham since 1973, had alleged that Swami Vasudevananda had been staking his claim on the basis of "fake" documents and that he was not eligible to be a "Dandi sanyasi" since he had been in a job and drawing salary for the same till 1989.

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