1. "The defendant
is a Khadim of the Dargah, and the Khadims of Dargah are hereditary Khadims,
not in the sense of house hold servants. THEY PERFORM PRIESTLY FUNCTIONS
THIER CONNECTION WITH THE SHRINE IS NOT ONLY ANCIENT BUT INTIMATE. They
introduce pilgrims to the Shrine their business keeps them attched to the
Dargah, and to be present in it and to go to it at all hours of the day.
They look to the comforts of the pilgrims whom they introduce while inside
AIR 1959 Raj. P. 177 = RLW 1959 P. 503. Para. 21
2. "The Khadim's right to receive offerings which has been judicially
recognised is in no manner affected or prejudiced by the impugned
provisions. Even after the Act came into force pilgrims might and would make
offerings to the Khadims and there is no provision in the Act which prevents
them from accepting such offerings when made"
AIR - 1961 Supreme Court - Page 1402
3. There has been a litigation between the Dargah Committee (Central Govt.
body) and Khadims for last 4 decades regarding the droppings in the
historical two Degs (Pots) installed by Mughal emperors Akbar & Jahangir in
the Dargah Sharif.
The civil suit No. 61 of 1970 was instituted in the court of learned
District Judge, Ajmer against the defendants that the droppings in the two
Degs mainly on the ground that after the commencement of the Dargah Khwaja
Sahib Act, 1955, the two Degs installed in Dargah belongs to Dargah
Committee because of the Dargah endowment.
The defendants Khadims disputed the claim of the Dargah Committee on the
ground that since inception, the Khadims have been receiving the droppings
in two Degs, which is Nazare Gharib Nawaz and they are not covered by the
term Dargah Endowment. The learned trial court relying on the judgement of
the Hon'ble Supreme Court 1961 Page 1402 and number of witnesses & history
regarding offerings, came to the conclusion that since inception, the
Khadims have been receiving the droppings in the two Degs and hence it has
been judicially recognized.
Thus the suit of the Dargah Committee was finally dismissed in favour of
Khadims on 10th March, 2006 by the learned Additional Civil Judge, Court No.
The judgement came during my tenure as Secretary of Anjuman Syedzadgan,
Dargah Sharif, Ajmer.