SC to hear PIL against Haryana’s Gurdwara Act

Supporters of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management (adhoc) Committee (HSGMC) clashed with the police in Kurukshetra.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: August 7, 2014 1:57 am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to examine a PIL against validity of Haryana’s new Gurdwara Act, while making it clear that it was the state government’s “constitutional obligation” to maintain law and order situation.

“Gurdwaras can’t be taken over just like that. a duly elected government is there. They cannot allow law and order to be disturbed. It is there constitutional obligation,” observed a bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha as it fixed the matter for hearing on Thursday.

The court’s remarks came on a day when supporters of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management (adhoc) Committee (HSGMC) clashed with the police as they reportedly attempted to take over a gurdwara in Kurukshetra.

The matter was mentioned before the bench by senior advocate Harish Salve, who urged the court to immediately intervene as the situation in Haryana has become volatile. When asked as to what would happen if the case is not heard urgently, he replied that there would be clashes over taking over the gurdwaras in the state.

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