Haryana Gurdwara Act: SGPC to file evaluation petition, Haryana leaders welcome SC verdict
Amritsar/Chandigarh, September 20
The SGPC on Tuesday stated it should file a evaluation petition towards the Supreme Court docket order upholding the constitutional validity of the 2014 legislation enacted by the Haryana authorities to handle the affairs of gurdwaras within the state.
Nevertheless, Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Baljit Singh Daduwal welcomed the SC verdict and stated Sikhs of Haryana will now be capable to handle their shrines within the state.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar congratulated the complete Sikh group in Haryana, in response to a tweet in Hindi by the CM’s Workplace.
Talking to reporters in Chandigarh, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, underneath whose authorities the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Administration) Act got here into being, hailed the apex court docket verdict, saying it’s within the curiosity of Sikhs in Haryana.
Notably, there are 52 gurdwaras in Haryana. 5 of them are being managed by the HSGPC whereas the remaining are underneath the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at current.
Moreover the gurdwaras in Punjab and Haryana, the SGPC additionally manages one every in Himachal Pradesh and UT Chandigarh.
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, whereas reacting to the apex court docket verdict, stated it has triggered ”deep resentment amongst the group worldwide”.
A bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Vikram Nath on Tuesday dismissed the plea filed by a member of the SGPC looking for quashing of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Act.
The highest court docket’s judgement got here on a 2014 plea filed by Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Haryana, who contended that Part 72 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966 says the ability to make legislation in respect of the SGPC as an inter-state physique company has been reserved with the central authorities solely and there’s no provision in legislation for any bifurcation by enacting a State laws.
“‘It has been determined to file a evaluation petition following the Supreme Court docket judgment. The opinion of senior legal professionals might be taken on this regard and the authorized motion is required accordingly,” SGPC chief Harjinder Singh Dhami stated.
The choice was taken within the SGPC government committee (EC) assembly presided over by SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami, in Amritsar.
Dhami stated it’s not proper to touch upon the Supreme Court docket’s judgment, however the transfer of the then Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to kind the separate gurdwara administration committee for Haryana is “dividing the Sikh energy”.
Khattar stated that having an unbiased committee of Haryana would undoubtedly make the Sikhs of the state extra empowered.
In the meantime, a delegation of Haryana Sikhs referred to as on State’s Residence Minister Anil Vij at his residence in Ambala.
Later, chatting with reporters, Vij welcomed the apex court docket resolution and stated that for a very long time the Sikh group had wished to have their committee in Haryana. In the meantime, SAD chief Badal stated it was extraordinarily unlucky that the SGPC, which was an inter-state physique, had been bifurcated by recognizing a state laws regardless that the ability to make legislation on this problem was reserved with the Centre.
Badal stated, “The Congress social gathering had been attempting for many years to weaken the SAD in addition to Sikh establishments and the 2014 Act forming a separate physique to handle gurdwaras in Haryana was a part of this technique.” He stated it was equally condemnable that the Punjab authorities underneath Amarinder Singh had taken an “anti-SGPC” stance within the apex court docket on this case.
“The final nail was hammered in by the Bhagwant Singh Mann authorities whose Advocate Common gave a written submission towards the SGPC within the case,” claimed Badal in Chandigarh.
Asserting that the SAD wouldn’t tolerate tinkering with a hundred-year-old Act, Badal stated “the social gathering has referred to as a gathering of senior leaders to determine on the following plan of action which might embrace authorized recourse”.
He additionally appealed to all ‘panthic’ organisations to unite to “defeat the designs of anti-Sikh forces to divide the Sikh group and rule by proxy.” Badal stated, “The nation had earlier witnessed how the character of the elected Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Administration Committee was modified in a single day and it was taken over.”