The court was hearing a dispute over Hazrat Maulana Mehboob Dargah, Masjid and Kabrastan Trust in Anavada village of Patan district.
Members of the Sunni sect claimed that the management of the trust was made up of members of the Shia sect.
They alleged that the trust had been taken over by members of the Dawoodi Bohra community and that management should be given to Sunnis.
In an online hearing on January 18, lawyers for the defendants who represented the Bohras, and their religious leader, engaged in heated discussions with members of the court.
One of the lawyers, Manish Shah, said the Waqf Board hears the case better than the court.
This did not go down well with the court, which noted that the lawyer had alleged that the court was not hearing the case according to law.
He also ruled that three other lawyers – VR Agrawal, Rajesh Modi and Kaiser Merchant – behaved inappropriately during the hearing.
He said Agrawal and Modi had argued that the members of the tribunal – Chairman AI Shaikh and one of the two members Rizwan Qadri – were Sunnis and therefore were in a hurry to hear the case. They argued that the case involved a dispute between Sunni and Shia sects and therefore these members should not hear it.
The court also noted that the other senior lawyers had maintained decorum and insisted that the lawyers not make such comments.