May 14, 2016 | By Parmjeet Singh
Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) has moved the Supreme Court of India (SCI) seeking notification for SGPC house that was elected in 2011.
As the BJP led Central government recently amended the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925 to exclude Sahijdharis, the SGPC has moved a petition before the Supreme court requesting the court to allow it’s 2011 house for next five years.
Notably, the Punjab and Haryana HC had allowed the SGPC to hold elections in September 2011 with the condition that the outcome would be subjected to the HC verdict on petition filed by Sahijdhari Sikh Federation.
Results of 2011 polls had given the SAD (Badal) and Sant Samaj alliance a majority, winning 157 out of 170 seats. The SGPC House, however, could not come into existence as, in 2011, the High Court quashed the Centre’s 2003 notification debarring Shejdharis from voting. The matter then went before the SCI, where the suit was pending when the BJP moved government moved the amendment bill in the Indian parliament that was recently passed by both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.