October 24, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (October 24, 2013): It is learnt from certain media reports that Jatinder Singh Siyali has withdrawn his petition from the Delhi High Court that had alleged that the Akal Takht Jathedar, SGPC President besides some leaders of Punjab’s ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) had attempted interfere of court process of Delhi High Court.
In his petition Jatinder Singh had not made the Jathedar a respondent but said that his forcing former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna to withdraw his writ petition in the Delhi high court against building the 1984 Sikh Genocide memorial in Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib in Delhi amounted to criminal contempt of court.
The petition had made Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal; Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar; and DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK respondents. It had stated that the three had directed the Akal Takht Jathedar to order Sarna to withdraw the writ petition, and so should be punished for contempt of court.
It is notable that on July 26, 2013 Paramjeet Singh Sarna had appeared before the Takht and accepted to withdraw his petition. On June 12, 2013 the DSGMC had laid the foundation stone of the memorial dedicated to Sikhs killed in the 1984 riots, and Sarna had moved the Delhi high court, arguing that it couldn’t be built inside a Gurdwara.
Recently Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had taken notice of the issue and had declared that Jatinder Singh Sayali shall be summoned to the Akal Takht. It is considered that in wake of these developments Sayali has withdrawn his petition.
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