SGPC: No state regulation can infringe on Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925
Amritsar/Chandigarh, Sept 23
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has rejected the Supreme Court docket verdict of upholding the validity of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Administration) Act, 2014, clearing the way in which for the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Administration Committee (HSGMC) to manage all gurdwaras in Haryana.
Approval of Sikh physique should
In April 1959, a pact was inked between then PM Jawaharlal Nehru after which SAD chief Grasp Tara Singh, making it necessary for the Centre to take approval of the SGPC’s normal home for amending the 1925 Act. — Harjinder Singh Dhami, SGPC chief
The SGPC government physique, which held an emergency assembly in Chandigarh underneath the chairmanship of its president Harjinder Singh Dhami, mentioned no state laws may infringe on the jurisdiction of Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, underneath which the SGPC was constituted.
“Being a regulation graduate, I consider that the 2014 Haryana Act lacks authorized sanctity and the 1925 Act can’t be abolished by state governments. The SGPC’s jurisdiction stays intact,” Dhami mentioned.
The SGPC government physique unanimously handed a decision that the gurdwaras and Sikh establishments in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh would proceed to be underneath the management of the SGPC, until the 1925 Act was amended.
The SGPC has convened a normal home assembly on September 30 at Teja Singh Samundri Corridor at its headquarters in Amritsar to chalk out a future technique and mentioned it could file a overview petition within the high courtroom.
The SGPC government physique alleged that the SC judgment was influenced by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology.
He mentioned that in 1959, then Congress-led Central authorities had tried to intrude in Sikh issues, but it surely needed to settle for the Sikh neighborhood’s demand.
“After protest by Sikhs, a pact was inked between then PM Jawaharlal Nehru after which Shiromani Akali Dal president Grasp Tara Singh in April 1959. Beneath the pact, it was necessary for the Centre to take approval of the SGPC’s normal home for making any modification to the 1925 Act,” mentioned the SGPC chief.