Satkar panel in SGPC line of fire

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Monday slammed hardline Sikh NGO Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee members for allegedly harassing some people from Lucknow before seizing religious literature from their possession at the Amritsar railway station on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Updated: April 9, 2014 6:08 pm

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Monday slammed hardline Sikh NGO Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee members for allegedly harassing some people from Lucknow before seizing religious literature from their possession at the Amritsar railway station on Sunday.

A man has reportedly been booked for hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community at the railway station on the complaint of Satkar Committee activists. They have alleged that copies of Sikh religious literature were being carried in used waterbottle boxes,in violation of norms.

“The way Satkar Committee members were doing thanedari,they were creating an atmosphere of terror. This will take people away from Gurbani,” Makkar said.

“I have learnt that some members of the committee even asked these people to recite some verses from Japji Sahib,” he added while asking people not to be afraid of Satkar Committee members and get FIRs lodged in case they misbehave with them.

“The religious literature being carried by the Lucknow men was as per the norms (Maryada) laid down by Akal Takht for transportation of such literature,” Makkar said.

Demanding cancellation of the FIR,Makkar said SGPC will lodge a complaint against the Satkar Committee with the Amritsar commissioner of police.

‘Voting rights case to be heard on Aug 23’

AMRITSAR: With the case of voting rights for Sehajdhari Sikhs in SGPC elections pending in the Supreme Court,the Sehajdhari Sikh Party on Monday said while the matter was listed for Monday,the court had decided to now take it up on August 23.

The case pertains to the voting rights of Sehajdhari Sikhs,who were disfranchised by a notification issued on October 8,2003 by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The same was challenged by the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation in Punjab and Haryana High Court. The full bench of the high court quashed the notification on December 20,2011,thereby reinstating the voting right of Sehajdhari Sikhs.

Thus,SGPC elections — held in October 2011 — were considered to be null and void after the high court verdict. Following this,the SGPC had filed an appeal before the Supreme Court.

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