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Bombay High Court

Apr 22

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

Dr. Omar Malik was to submit his affidavit of evidence by 10th March. His cross-examination was originally scheduled for 22nd April 2020 but has been 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.

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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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

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

Apr 27
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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