The recognition of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Committee has been upheld by the Supreme Court
– The petition filed by the Shromani Committee regarding the dismissal of the Act was rejected
New Delhi, September 21 (Punjab Mail)- The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014. Under the same act, a separate committee was formed to run the management of Gurdwaras in Haryana. A bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vikram Nath dismissed a petition filed by a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee seeking repeal of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Act.
Harbhajan Singh, a petitioner from Haryana, filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2014 claiming that according to Section 72 of the Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966, only the central government has the right to make any law related to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which is an inter-state body. has and there is no such provision in the existing law, which allows dissolution of the SGPC through provincial legislation. It was also stated in the petition that the hastily implemented law is not only contrary to the constitutional provisions and the legal provisions of the Punjab Reorganization Act, but it is also divisive with the intention of creating divisions among the devotees of Sikhism. The petitioner claimed that “under the law, Haryana cannot legislate on a subject where a central law is already in force, as the subject of religious institutions pertains to Entry 28 List-III.” Strict provisions relating to inter-state organization were not followed under the law. The petitioner had said, “Here it is also important to note that the notification about reservation of constituencies, constitution of Sikh Gurdwara Election Tribunal and bringing Gurdwaras under the provisions of Section 85 of the Act of 1925 was issued by the Central Government only. is.”
The decision of the Shiromani Committee to file a review petition in the Supreme Court
The Shiromani Committee has decided to file a review petition against the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Further legal action will be implemented by the Shiromani Committee with the opinion of senior lawyers. This decision has been taken in the meeting of the internal committee under the leadership of Shiromani Committee President Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami. The Supreme Court has given a decision contrary to the petition of the Shiromani Committee regarding the Haryana Committee. Speaking to reporters after the meeting of the internal committee at Sri Guru Ramdas Medical College, the President of the Shiromani Committee said that it has been agreed to file a review petition in the case of recognition of the Haryana Committee by the Supreme Court. Officials of Shiromani Committee have left for Delhi for necessary action. He said that even though the Shiromani Committee has not yet received the copy of the Supreme Court’s decision, still it has started the process for consultation with senior lawyers. About 50 Gurdwaras come under the management of Shiromani Committee in Haryana, of which there are about 8 historical Gurdwaras directly under Section 85 and more than 40 Gurdwaras under Section 87, which are managed by local committees. The Shiromani Committee president alleged that the then Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had tried to divide the Sikh power by approving the matter regarding a separate committee for the state. The effort to form a separate Gurdwara Committee of Haryana is a part of this policy. He also took a long hand at the BJP government of Haryana and said that it has also become a participant in breaking the Shiromani Committee by following the footsteps of the Congress. He said that governments should not interfere in Sikh issues. He referred to the Delhi Committee and the Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Management Board in this matter. He said that a delegation of the Shiromani Committee will go to Pakistan this month to outline the events to celebrate the 100th centenary of the martyrdom of Sri Panja Sahib.
‘Shromani committee redistributed geographically’
Sri Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said in response to the Supreme Court’s decision that after the partition of the country in 1947, the Shiromani Committee has once again been divided geographically. He said that the Indian rulers have used some Sikh faces to divide the Sikh Parliament under the guise of law, which the Sikhs will realize in the near future.