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SCI Orders Sikkim Govt To Maintain Status Quo Of Gurdwara Dongmar Sahib

August 31, 2017 | By

New Delhi: It has been learned that the Supreme Court Of India (SCI) while acting upon the plea filed by law student from Mumbai Amarjit Singh Khalsa earlier this week has asked the Sikkim government to maintain “status quo” at the historic Gurudwara Gurudongmar in the state.

Gurdwara Dangmaar Sahib. (File Photo)

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra disposed of the petition after the counsel appearing for the state government said that a similar plea was pending before the high court, which would come up for hearing on September 13, media reports said.

The SCI then asked the petitioner to approach the HC but ordered status quo till the matter was heard by the court. “We permit the applicant to be impleaded before the HC. Be it noted, we have not expressed any opinion on the merits of the matter, the HC is free to decide the same in accordance with the law,” reads the quote from the statement given by the bench published in an English vernacular.

[File Photo] – Supreme Court of India

Apparently, after moving to SCI petitioner Amritpal Singh Khalsa said  had moved the SCI alleging that the state authorities have illegally removed, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, from the site and would demolish the gurdwara in the name of renovation.

“Petition was filed in extreme urgency due to the threat of demolition or renovation of Gurdwara Gurudongmar.”

Furthermore, the bench had on Tuesday asked him to serve the copy of the plea to the standing counsel of the state during the course of the day.

In his petition he has reportedly said that  there was an “imminent threat” of the gurdwara being demolished on the pretext of renovation without prior intimation to the Sikh priest there.

The plea had claimed that there were several historic books and documents which indicated that Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs, had gone to the gurdwara Gurudongmar, reports Hindustan Times (HT).


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