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Bombay HC Dismisses Suit on Dawoodi Bohra Succession

The Bombay High Court dismissed a 2014 suit challenging the appointment of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin as the leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community, emphasizing that the court’s decision was based on proof and not faith. Initially filed by Khuzaima Qutbuddin in 2014, the suit sought to challenge the appointment of Mr. Saifuddin as the successor to his brother Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.

The court’s decision came after Mr. Qutbuddin’s son, Taher Fakhruddin, took over the suit upon his father’s passing in 2016, claiming that his father had conferred the powers on him. The suit aimed to restrain Mr. Saifuddin from discharging his duties as the Syedna, alleging that the succession process was fraudulent. However, Justice Patel emphasized that his decision was neutral and focused on the issue of proof.