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Choosing to ignore the political undertones,the Delhi High court on Wednesday declined to pass a stay order against the memorial for 1984 anti-Sikh riots proposed to be constructed at Gurdwara Rakabganj here.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
Updated: April 11, 2014 5:47:54 pm

Choosing to ignore the political undertones,the Delhi High court on Wednesday declined to pass a stay order against the memorial for 1984 anti-Sikh riots proposed to be constructed at Gurdwara Rakabganj here.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) told the court that it has issued

a showcause notice to Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and will take action if any construction was done without clearance.

Appearing on behalf of DSGMC,advocate Sudhir Nandrajog put forward the argument that the petition should be dismissed as it was “totally politically motivated”,prompting Justice Jayant Nath to comment: “That is obvious,but what are you going to do about the unauthorised construction?”

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Former DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna had approached the high court seeking a writ order prohibiting DSGMC from constructing the memorial.

The petition claimed that constructing within a heritage building without prior clearance is illegal and the memorial itself was against the tenets of Sikhism since a “memorial for any human being in a gurdwara is impermissible as per the Sikh Maryada”.

During the hearing,advocate T S Doabia,appearing on behalf of Sarna,said the gurdwara was a heritage building and DSGMC cannot carry out constructions there without prior clearance from NDMC,the heritage committee and other authorities.

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NDMC counsel Vivek Sood informed the court: “Action has been initiated and follow-up action will be taken on the showcause notice in two to three days.”

But Nandrajog told the court that only the foundation stone of the memorial had been laid on Wednesday morning. “We have not laid a single brick on the site,” Nandrajog said.

He added that DSGMC has not decided on the nature of the memorial yet. “We have not constructed anything so far. The memorial may be a fountain or a garden and not a building. NDMC has no reason to take action,” Nandrajog said.

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The high court noted the submissions and asked the Delhi government,NDMC,DDA,DSGMC and its president Manjit Singh to reply to the petition by July 17.

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First published on: 13-06-2013 at 03:52:34 am
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