September 23, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: The President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Manjit Singh G.K. and general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa today made public, an agreement done by DSGMC in February 10, 2005, by then General Manager under the president-ship of Paramjit Singh Sarna, by which it passed ownership of Master Tara Singh car parking at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib to New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) after 25 years.
In a written statement sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) Manjit Singh G.K. said the move as backstabbing the Sikh Panth. Elaborating on the issue he said that the parking lot along Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was attached to the Gurdwara in 1970 with the efforts of Jathedar Santokh Singh and it was decided to convert it into parking lot for the convenience of pilgrims. A road that existed on the location was closed down to give way to the parking.
DSGMC president further said that on January 25, 2001 NDMC chairman BP Mishra and on July 25, 2002 then Lt. Governor of New Delhi Vijay Kapoor, had assured then president of SAD-Delhi Avtar Singh Hit that the building plan of the parking submitted would be cleared.
He questioned former DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna’s compulsion to hand over parking lot to NDMC on February 10, 2005 after 25 years through an agreement prepared by his legal advisor Harvinder Singh Phoolka.
DSGMC President said the move by Prahlad Singh Chandok also a former DSGMC president is questionable when he wrote a letter no. 11101/4-3 Dated November 17, 2004 to secretary NDMC for extending lease of parking from 15 to 25 years.
“It is surprising that Sarna is writing to NDMC on December 11, 2004, for approval of building plan and two months later he decided to hand over parking lot to NDMC after 25 years,” said G.K. He further revealed that a day after receiving copy of agreement to be signed with NDMC, from associate of Phoolka, advocate Jasmeet Singh on January 20, 2005, Sarna handed over charge of DSGMC president to Baldev Singh Rani Bagh on January 21, 2005 through letter no. 696/4-4-D.
Raising questions on Baldev Singh Rani Bagh’s letter no. 1073/4-3 Dated February 4, 2005 to NDMC secretary UK Vohra as ‘As desired/urgent’ authorizing then General Manager of DSGMC Sarwan Singh to sign the agreement of transferring parking lot to NDMC. “It was despite that fact that Rani Bagh was given charge of the DSGMC president for routine works. Why Sarna has not acted against Rani Bagh for misusing his powers,” G.K. further questioned.
Speaking about the terms of the said agreement prepared by Advocate HS Phoolka at the behest of Sarna, DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK said that section 2 of the agreement gave away ownership rights of the parking lots and a park built over it to NDMC, section 5 talks of transfer of ownership to NDMC after 25 years, section 6 for imposing charges on the parking, section 7 says NDMC can use the parking lot or any other purpose despite expenditure on construction made by DSGMC, section 12 and 14, about maintenance, security, expenditure on electricity, and section 14 has provisions of inscribing logo of NDMC on the entrance of the parking lot despite it being named after Master Tara Singh. “Under what compulsion these terms were agreed the Sikh Sangat must question Sarna,” asked G.K.
“Panth Rattan Baba Harbans singh Ji have carried kar Sewa of the parking lot at cost of Rs. 100 crore, collecting portion Sikhs’ earnings, and its handing over to the government has exposed Sarna brothers,” said Manjit Singh G.K. who vowed that he would not let the parking lot passed on to NDMC at any cost.
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