Chandigarh: The executive body of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Friday quashed the Supreme Court’s orders upholding the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) (HSGMC) Act, 2014, terming it politically motivated. A special resolution was passed in the meeting chaired by SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami. Which said, when the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925 is in force, it cannot affect the jurisdiction of the Gurdwara Act, the SGPC, passed by the state government.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Dhami said, there is a political angle to the Supreme Court’s decision and one of the judges has a direct connection with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Hence this decision is motivated by political interests. A proof for this will be made public soon, he said.
SGPC calls special meeting of its members in Amritsar on Sep 30 to discuss future course of action in wake of Supreme Court upholding constitutional validity of 2014 law enacted by Haryana govt to manage affairs of gurdwaras in state
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 23, 2022
review will be filed
Dhami further informed that the Executive Committee, the apex decision making body of the SGPC, has decided to file a review petition and a special meeting of all the SGPC members has been convened on 30th September in Amritsar to discuss the future course of action.
The executive body cautioned the Haryana government against taking over any Gurdwara Sahib or institutions functioning under the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925. He said, the authority to make any amendment in the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925 rests only with the Central Government and that too after the approval of the General House of the SGPC.
State governments do not have the right
Dhami said, the state governments cannot dilute the jurisdiction of the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925. Governments from time to time have adopted tactics to undermine Sikh power and interfere in SGPC affairs, but they have never succeeded in furthering the unity of the sect. “Such an attempt was made in 1959 but could not succeed due to the protests of the Sikhs,” he said.
agreement has been reached
After protests by the Sikhs, an agreement was reached in April 1959 between the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Shiromani Akali Dal President Master Tara Singh, under which it was mandatory to seek the approval of the General House of the SGPC to amend the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925. given.
Sikh community sad
He said that the Sikh community is saddened that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its parent organization RSS are also following in the footsteps of the Congress. The then Chief Minister (CM) of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda tried to pass the Act under an unconstitutional conspiracy to break the SGPC. The BJP government also did the same. He said that former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh also presented evidence of being anti-Sikh by changing an affidavit filed during the Akali government and the Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab government also supported Haryana in the Supreme Court.