Sikh Panel to file review plea against SC order on Haryana Gurdwara

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s order upholding the validity of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014.

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The Supreme Court upheld validity of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014.
The Supreme Court upheld validity of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Friday rejected the Supreme Court's order upholding the validity of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) (HSGMC) Act, 2014. The SGPC termed the judgement “politically motivated” and said it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s judgement.

The Supreme Court in its order upheld the constitutional validity of a 2014 law enacted by the Haryana government to manage the affairs of the gurdwaras in the state.

Following the SC's order, SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami warned that if any policy of forcible possession is adopted for taking over management of Gurdwara Sahibs in Haryana, the state government will be responsible for the same.

He alleged, “ The government does not want the Sikh power to unite, that is why, conspiracy is being hatched to weaken institutions.”

SGPC CALLS URGENT MEETING

An urgent meeting of SGPC's Executive Committee (EC) was held at Kalgidhar Niwas, Chandigarh on Friday. A resolution was adopted at the meet stating that the Gurdwara Act passed by the state government cannot affect the jurisdiction of SGPC, while the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925 is in force.

Talking to the media after the meeting, SGPC chief Harjinder Singh Dhami said, "The Supreme Court's judgment given by two judges regarding separate HSGMC Act is purely politically motivated and one judge among them has direct association with RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh). Therefore, this judgment is motivated by political interests, in place of being the one of Supreme Court."

He further claimed that he has the evidence of one judge having association with RSS and soon, his name will be publicized.

Harjinder Singh Dhami said the SGPC's EC has decided to file a review petition on the Supreme Court's judgment on HSGMC Act and a special meeting of all the SGPC members has been called to discuss future course of action at Amritsar on September 30.

The SGPC president said that the right to make any amendment in the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, is only with the Center.

"State governments cannot reduce the jurisdiction of the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, as the amendment conduct is determined. From time to time, the governments have adopted tactics to weaken the Sikh power and interfere in SGPC affairs, but they never succeeded before the Panth's unity", Advocate Dhami alleged.

He added that the validity given to HSGMC Act, 2014 by unconstitutional, unprincipled and illegal approach cannot be accepted and the existence of Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, cannot be abolished by state governments.

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