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SCI ordered status quo on control of Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras; Next hearing on Aug. 25

August 7, 2014 | By

New Delhi, India (August 07, 2014): The Supreme Court of India on Thursday (August 07) ordered the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) and Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committe (HSGPC) to maintain a status quo on the issue of management control of all 52 Sikh shrines in Haryana till its further orders.

The SCI bench led by Chief Justice RM Lodha also directed the SGPC and HSGPC to open separate bank accounts in which all incomes of Gurudwaras under their control will be deposited and posted the matter for further hearing on August 25.

The court also directed the police chief of the state to take all steps to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident.

The bench had this morning directed the representatives of SGPC and HSGPC to be present when it delivers the verdict at 2 pm today.

The court’s direction came on a petition by Harbhajan Singh – a member of SGPC from Kurukshetra – seeking the invalidation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act 2014, contending that it was ultra vires of the constitution and the state assembly had no power to enact it.

Through the petition, the SCI was asked to examine the constitutional validity of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014 under which a separate committee was formed to manage the affairs of the Gurdwaras in the state.

It is notable that SGPC member Harbhajan Singh had filed petition in SCI despite an appeal by Akal Takht Jathedar asking Sikhs not to take drag the matter in to the courts

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