Allahabad: After a month’s long hearing, on the Supreme Court’s direction, a division bench of the Allahabad High Court reserved its verdict on the issue of the installation of Shankaracharya of Jyotishpeeth-Badrikashram.
The issue before the bench, hearing the appeal filed by Swami Vasudevanand against the lower court judgement, was as to whose installation as Shankaracharya is valid. Shankaracharya Swaroopanand had claimed that he is the valid Shankaracharya of the said peeth, while Vasudevanand was claiming to be a validly installed Shankaracharya.
The lower court had held that Vasudevanand is disqualified for the post of Shankaracharya and had restrained them from proclaiming himself Shankaracharya and using Chhatra, Chavar and Singhasan of the post.
The counsels Shashi Nandan assisted by Anoop Trivedi appearing for Swaroopanand had argued that Vasudevanand cannot be installed at the post for the reasons that he was suffering from leprosy disease and was also a teacher receiving salary.
The Bench comprising Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice KJ Thaker reserved its verdict and in the meantime asked the counsels of both the parties to give their written submissions, if any, within a week.