Mahant Bhagawan Shagat vs. Girijanandan Bhagat

Where oral and documentary evidence shows that in the matter of nomination of successor or to a Mahantship seniority is not decisive factor but that heredity and efficiency in management coupled with good moral character and adherence to the religious rites practised at the Math and a spirit of service etc., it is for the person claiming the Mahantship to prove competence.

(Mahant Bhagawan Shagat vs. Girijanandan Bhagat, (1972) 2 SCJ 730; AIR 1972 SC 814)