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Bombay High Court

2021
Jun 07

Defendant’s third witness, Abdulqadir Moiz Nooruddin, to be cross-examined

Mr. Iqbal Chagla, counsel for the Defendant, indicated that the Defendant’s third witness will be Abdulqadir Moiz Nooruddin, the Defendant’s son-in-law. His cross-examination was scheduled for three sessions on 9th, 10th, and 11th June 2021, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions.

 

On 7th June 2021 the matter was heard for directions via video conferencing, and the Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel advised that the matter will be listed for directions once these restrictions are lifted or relaxed.

Mar 31

Defendant’s second witness, Dr. John Costello’s cross-examination concluded

The cross-examination of the Defendant’s second witness, Dr. John Costello, a consultant respiratory medicine physician, concluded on 31 March 2021, with 42 questions being asked over two sessions.

Feb 04

Dr. Omar Malik’s evidence hearings concluded

The cross-examination of the Defendant’s first witness, Dr. Omar Malik, a consultant neurologist, began on 2nd February 2021, with Mr. Anand Desai of DSK Legal, on behalf of the Plaintiff, conducting the cross-examination. Due to the Covid pandemic, Dr. Malik was unable to travel to Mumbai and the Hon’ble Bombay High Court set up a video link for his cross-examination at the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London. The cross-examination spanned three half-day sessions, with 118 questions asked, and ended on 4th February 2021.

2020
Apr 22

Defendant’s first witness, Dr. Omar Malik, to be cross-examined

Dr. Omar Malik submitted his affidavit of evidence in March 2020. His cross-examination was originally scheduled for 22nd April 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 situation.

Feb 21

Plaintiff’s case closed, cross-examination of Plaintiff’s witnesses complete

With the cross-examination of Mukasir-e-Dawat Dr. Syedi Husain Bhaisaheb Burhanuddin Saheb AAB concluded after 7 days of cross-examination, the Plaintiff has now closed his case, and the Defendant’s witnesses will now lead their evidence. The Defendant’s Counsel informed the Hon’ble Court that the Defendant will not be giving his own evidence as a witness, and the Defendant’s first witness will be Dr. Omar Malik, a neurologist who was amongst the doctors who treated the 52nd Dai in the hospital in London when the 52nd Dai suffered a stroke.

 

Read press report: mid-day: Dawoodi Bohra Succession row: Mufaddal Saifuddin won’t testify first

Jan 23

Mukasir-e-Dawat’s cross examination commences

The Plaintiff’s last witness, Mukasir-e-Dawat Dr. Syedi Husain Bhaisaheb Burhanuddin Saheb AAB, PhD in Quranic Studies from the University of Cambridge, who has translated documents in the Arabic and Lisan-ud-Dawat languages into the English language, cross-examination commenced.

2019
Dec 06

Conclusion of Professor Stewart’s cross-examination

Professor Stewart’s cross-examination concluded on 6th December 2019 after 6 days of cross-examination. Reports of his testimony were published in online and print media by the Mumbai Mirror, Indian Express, Free Press Journal and others.

 

Read press report: Mumbai Mirror: A difficult and tricky test

Nov 28

Professor Devin Stewart’s cross examination commences

The Plaintiff’s independent expert witness, Professor Devin Stewart, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Emory University, USA, begins his cross examination. Professor Stewart is an expert on Ismaili, Shia and Islamic history and doctrine.

 

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Jan 29

Cross examination of Syedna Fakhruddin Saheb TUS concludes

After 27 days of hearings and over 1,500 questions asked, Syedna Fakhruddin Saheb TUS’ cross examination concludes.

 

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2018
Nov 30

Cross examination of Syedna Fakhruddin Saheb TUS continues

Syedna Fakhruddin Saheb TUS’ cross-examination continues, with the Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel allocating 22 days for cross-examination in between 8th January and 30th November 2018.

 

Read press report: Hindustan Times: Disputes from the past discussed in Bohra succession case

2017
Dec 08
Mar 07

Substitution of Plaintiff granted

The Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel of the Bombay High Court issues an order granting the substitution of Syedna Taher Fakhruddin Saheb TUS as the Plaintiff.

 

Read press report: DNA: Fakhruddin can challenge 53rd Syedna for post: Bombay High Court

2016
Jul 04

Open Letter

Syedna Fakhruddin Saheb TUS writes an open letter to Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin inviting him to a debate. The letter and call to debate are not answered by Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin.

 

Read more: Syedna Fakhruddin TUS Open Letter to Shz Mufaddal Saifuddin

Jun 27

Chamber Summons filed

Chamber summons are filed in the Bombay High Court seeking to substitute Syedna Taher Fakhruddin Saheb TUS as Plaintiff in the ongoing succession suit.

 

Read press report: Times of India: Rival Syedna’s son moves HC, takes forward father’s succession fight

Mar 30

Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb RA passes away

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Saheb RA passes away in California, USA

 

Read press report: Mumbai Mirror: Farewell, Mr People

2015
Apr 27
2014
Sep 15

Court Frames Issues

The Hon’ble Bombay High Court frames the five core issues to be determined during trial

 

Read press report: Hindustan Times: Bohra succession row: HC to judge if Qutbuddin can prove anointment

Jun 19

Expedited Trial Proposed

The Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel of the Bombay High Court proposed an expedited trial in lieu of interim reliefs sought, to which Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb’s counsel agreed

 

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Mar 29

Bombay High Court Suit Filed

Suit 337/2014 filed in Bombay High Court by Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Saheb RA against Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin seeking a declaration that Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb RA is the validly appointed 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq. Syedna Qutbuddin Saheb RA states he is filing the Suit for “truth, justice, and the future of the Dawoodi Bohra Community.”

 

Watch TV news report: Zee News: Syedna issue – Khuzaima Qutbuddin moves Bombay High Court

 

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Jan 18

Call for Debate

Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Saheb called Shehzada Mufaddal Saifuddin to a debate in a letter. There was no response.

 

Read more: Statement from the Office of Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin Saheb TUS, 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra Community

Jan 17

Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb RA’s Wafat

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb RA, the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra community passes away in Mumbai

 

Read press report: The Hindu: Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin passes away

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