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SAD asks Haryana Guv to review ‘unconstitutional Act’

Demanded immediate review of the “unconstitutional act” passed by the Haryana Assembly against Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 4, 2014 11:43:31 am
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar(centre) after meeting Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at Haryana Niwas in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Sumit Malhotra) SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar(centre) after meeting Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at Haryana Niwas in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Sumit Malhotra)

A high-level delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) comprising SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, SAD secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, general secretary Professor Prem Singh Chandumajra and secretary and spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema met Governor of Haryana Kaptan Singh Solanki at Haryana Raj Bhawan on Monday and demanded immediate review of the “unconstitutional act” passed by the Haryana Assembly against Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925.

The delegation apprised Solanki that by enacting this Act the Haryana assembly has encroached upon the area of SGPC, which has been declared as an inter-state body corporate as per the Punjab Reorganisation Act 1966.

Cheema said the delegation also apprised the governor about the “plans and conspiracies been hatched by the illegally constituted new committee and the Haryana state government to forcibly taking control of historical gurdwaras being governed by the SGPC”.

The delegation urged Solanki to direct the Hooda government to work as per the constitutional norms and tell them to desist from “evil designs” which can cause massive unrest and law and order situation in the state.

The delegation also submitted a detailed memorandum about the “unconstitutional act passed by the Haryana Assembly” and demanded immediate reversal of the process.

The delegation also brought to the notice of the governor that the Supreme Court — while hearing a petition on 30.3.12 filed by the SGPC against the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation and others — passed an interim order in which it has directed that the “executive committee comprising of the following members under the chairmanship of Avtar Singh, will continue to function and discharge its duties in terms of the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925 until further order.”

The delegation pleaded with the Governor that the present move of the Haryana government to pass an Act to take control of gurdwaras being governed by SGPC is a violation of the judgement of the highest court of the country.

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