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Legal Update - February 2020

12 February 2020

The cross-examination of His Holiness Syedna Taher Fakhruddin Saheb TUS (the Plaintiff) concluded on 29th January 2019, after hearings on 27 days at the Hon’ble Bombay High Court.

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

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

The cross-examination of the Plaintiff’s next 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, commenced on 23rd January 2020 and 4 days of cross-examination have been completed. Two further dates of 18th and 20th February 2020 have been assigned.

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