The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) convenes special meeting to plan for future . Supreme Court upholds validity of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014 .
AMRITSAR: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has convened a special meeting here on September 30 to plan for the future in the wake of the Supreme Court upholding the constitutional validity of a 2014 law enacted by the Haryana government to control the state's gurdwaras' affairs.The SGPC, the Sikhs' apex religious body, has announced that it would file a petition to challenge the apex court order.The Supreme Court order upholding the validity of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014 has been rejected.The SGPC said in a press release released here that a resolution was made in this regard at an urgent meeting of its executive committee.While the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, is in force, the Haryana government's resolution stated that the bill enacted by the Haryana government would not affect the SGPC's jurisdiction.The SGPC executive committee has decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court order, and a meeting of all the members was called in Amritsar on September 30 to discuss the upcoming course of action.Only the Institute holds the power to amend the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, he said, and this is only possible with the help of the SGPCs General Assembly.The Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, cannot be reduced to the extent the amendment policy is determined. In Haryana, there are 52 gurdwaras.Five of those are managed by the HSGPC, the rest are under the SGPC.The SGPC also oversees the affairs of a gurdwara in Himalaya and Haryana, as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh.When Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the chief minister, the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act was enacted. After the Sikh demonstration, in April 1959, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Shiromani Akali Dal president Master Tara Singh signed a deal, under which it was made mandatory to obtain the approval of the SGPCs General Assembly for making changes to the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, he said.According to Dhami, the Haryana government should not attempt to take possession of a gurdwara or some other building that is listed as a part of the 1925 statute.We appreciate the sentiments of the Sikh Sangat of Haryana, according to the SGPC president, but the conspiracies of powers wishing to destabilize the SGPC, the supreme Sikh body, can never be accepted.