The historic Teja Singh Samundari Hall,which houses Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC),continues to bear the marks of the 1984 Operation Bluestar. The cash-rich SGPC,however,has decided against giving it a facelift. While the building has been painted from inside,SGPC has not touched the hall from outside for the last 29 years.
This,after the Sikh body had passed a budget of over Rs 800 crore for the current fiscal to upgrade and maintain gurdwaras and institutions that come under it. The reason: The SGPC has been projecting the building as a glaring example of the Army attack on the Golden Temple Sikh and Teja Singh Samundari Hall.
The bullet marks has assumed all the more significance with SGPC depositing Rs 10 crore as fee in the Delhi High Court last month to fight till logical conclusion the Rs 1,000-crore lawsuit in which the Sikh body has demanded the amount as damages caused by Army during Operation Bluestar.
Initially,SGPC had submitted an affidavit before court in March claiming that it was withdrawing the suit as spending Rs 10 crore on court fee amounted to sheer wastage of hard earned money of Sikh devotees. SGPC later changed its stance and decided to fight the case after it came under fire from various Sikh bodies. The case is slated for next hearing in October.
There are other evidence of the Army attack,but Teja Singh Samundari Hall is one of the key proofs, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said.
He added: There are no plans to give a facelift to Teja Singh Samundari Hall till the compensation suit is decided. We will take a call on it after the case is decided. The case is not about money. It is about fixing responsibility and to prove the accountability of the Army and the government.