Community and administration

Entries about Baha'i community life, about Baha'i administration, and about how the two intersect.

HC stays arrest of Lotus temple trustees (WebIndia)

The Delhi High Court today stayed the arrest of the trustees and management committee members of Delhi's Lotus temple, till September 25 on a complaint registered with the Delhi Police.

Justice A K Sikri directed the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police not to arrest the trustees and management committee members of the Lotus temple, founded by the Bahai faith, till the next date of hearing.

Trial Judge Kamini Lau, on the complaint of some of the former employees of the temple, had directed the Delhi Police to lodge a complaint against the trustees and management committee members who were allegedly involved in smuggling of classified defence documents, hawala transactions and religious conversions.

The trustees and members, some of them from Iran, also procured about 80 Indian passports by submitting false address proof, Counsel S S Tripathy and Sandeep Jain said.

Incidentally, Zina [Zena] Sorabjee, the wife of former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee, is one of the trustees of the Lotus Temple, a tourist attraction in the capital.

Senior Counsel K K Sud appearing for the Bahai temple sought direction of the Court for quashing the FIR.

{josquote}...Delhi Police arrested Iranian Payam Shoghi from Indira Gandhi International Airport while [he was] fleeing from the country to Columbia...{/josquote}

After lodging an FIR, the Delhi Police arrested Iranian Payam Shoghi from Indira Gandhi International Airport while [he was] fleeing from the country to Columbia (sic) on August 16.

The police had lodged the complaint against nine beneficiaries which included trustees and members of the managing committee.

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Court stays arrest of Bahai officials (Hindustan Times)

THE DELHI High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of eight management committee members of Lotus Temple, the famed Bahai shrine, charged with indulging in anti-national activities.

Justice A.K. Sikri stayed the arrest on a petition, which claimed that the prosecuting agencies had so far failed to establish even an iota of evidence to prove the charges. Senior counsel K. Sood, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that the investigating agencies — including the CBI and Delhi government — had found no substance in the allegations levelled against the management by a section of the sacked employees.

The additional chief metropolitan magistrate had on July 3, directed the Crime Branch of the Delhi police to register and FIR and conduct investigations into the allegations of anti-national activities by some members of the management.

Justice Sikri, while staying the arrest, directed Delhi police to file a status report on the investigations conducted so far into the allegations.

The complainants, a group of former employees of the shrine, through their counsels S.S. Tripathi and Sandeep Jain, had earlier moved the ACMM [Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate].

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New Baha'i representative at the United Nations

Fulya Vekiloglu, who joined the United Nations Office of the Baha'i International Community in New York as a representative to the United Nations in June 2006.

Bringing wide-ranging experience in women's issues, civil society organization, and international development, Fulya Vekiloglu has joined the United Nations Office of the Baha'i International Community in New York as a representative to the United Nations.

A native of Turkey, Ms. Vekiloglu arrived in New York in June 2006. She will work alongside Bani Dugal, who is the Community's principal representative to the United Nations. Ms. Vekiloglu's focus will be on issues related to the advancement of women and social development.

"We consider ourselves very fortunate to have Ms. Vekiloglu on our team at the United Nations," said Ms. Dugal. "She brings with her a wealth of experience in some of the issues that concern the Community the most, specifically in the areas of women and children, as well as in social and international development, and civil society."

Before coming to New York, Ms. Vekiloglu worked as a project manager for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan, where she managed an institutional capacity building program in the Ministry of Women's Affairs for three and a half years.

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Dragfyre's Baha'i-related photos on Flickr

Photos of various Baha'i communities and all the goofy and crazy fun they have. Look for the Ottawa and Qu├ębec (province) Baha'i communities to be most represented here.

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With fellow teaching committee members close by, Marty hurriedly checks through his notes for the recent reflection meeting in Ottawa.
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Martin listens as a member of the Baha'i community of Ottawa shares experience from the previous cycles of the city's intensive program of growth.

Read more: Dragfyre's Baha'i-related photos on Flickr

I've got the Baha'i Spirit

Pre Youth Conference in South Australia. Audience singing the famous "I've got the Baha'i Spirit" song just after the lunch break. Very funny and happy video!!