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Sarnas move HC against proposed 1984 memorial

Former president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna on Monday moved the Delhi high court, seeking directions to the DSGMC for stopping construction of the 1984 genocide memorial at Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib Complex.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 10, 2013 22:47 IST
HT Correspondent

Former president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna on Monday moved the Delhi high court, seeking directions to the DSGMC for stopping construction of the 1984 genocide memorial at Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib Complex.

The DSGMC has announced the laying of foundation stone of the memorial on June 12.

The petition took the plea that there was no tradition in Sikh religion to build memorials in gurdwaras built to commemorate the martyrdom of gurus, and Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib chosen as the site for the memorial commemorated martyrdom of ninth guru, Guru Teg Bahadur.

Also, another application filed by one Manjit Singh Sarna in the Delhi high court, sought directions for stopping construction of the proposed memorial. It referred to an undertaking by the DSGMC on December 17, 2012, by then president Paramjit Singh Sarna, saying the DSGMC would not carry out any construction without the approval from the competent authority. Manjit Singh Sarna is related to Paramjit Singh Sarna.

The undertaking was submitted after a petition in the high court challenging construction of the underground parking in the Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib Complex. After the undertaking was submitted, the high court dismissed the petition of 2011 and left it to the DSGMC for construction of the underground parking.

Sarna meets Sonia

On Saturday, Paramjit Singh Sarna met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and took up the issue of clemency to Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar. "I request that the union law ministry should clear the matter and clemency to Bhullar be effected," added Sarna.

Meanwhile, DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK alleged that the petition for stopping the construction was filed on the directions of Sonia Gandhi.

DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said he pitied Sarnas as they had been harming interests of Sikhs on the directions of the Congress.