The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee (SGPC) to give appointment letter to Giani Nandgarh, which was issued in 2003 when he was appointed as jathedar.
His petition was listed for hearing on Monday before the bench of justice AG Masih, but as lawyers abstained from work, the matter was adjourned for Tuesday. Appointed in January 2003, Nandgarh was removed as jathedar this January 17 for his opposing the Bikrami (Hindu) calendar for Sikhs and speaking in favour of the Nanakshahi calendar.
He wants the SGPC resolution about his sacking quashed and his services as jathedar restored. He argued that since the SGPC had issued no notice to seek his version, its order passed in an executive-board meeting without prior notice was illegal. The sacking order came to him on January 19, post this meeting.
In January, the HC had refused to intervene in the tussle between Nandgarh and the SGPC over Nanakshahi Calendar. A public-interest petition to thwart the SGPC from sacking Nandgarh was dismissed, stating that no public interest was involved. The petitioner had alleged Nandgarh had been sacked for opposing the Bikrami calendar and supporting the Nanakshahi calendar and its amended version.