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SGPC to challenge reservation verdict

SGPC's President Avtar Singh Makkar says the reservation in educational institutions run by the body is not for Sikhs from Punjab alone, but from all over the country, where they were a minority, reports Anshu Seth.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2007 01:56 IST
Anshu Seth

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Avtar Singh Makkar on Tuesday said the reservation in educational institutions run by the body was not for Sikhs from Punjab alone, but from all over the country, where they were a minority. He was reacting to a High Court order issued on Monday that Sikhs could not be considered a minority for reservation in the SGPC-run educational institutes in Punjab.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Makkar also clarified that the SGPC quota was available only for Sikhs who wore their hair unshorn.

Regarding the High Court ruling that Sikhs could not be considered a minority community in Punjab while seeking admission to institutions run by the SGPC, Makkar said, “We plan to file a writ petition in the Supreme Court after discussing the issue with our lawyer.” The SGPC was managing religious affairs of the Sikhs in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, as well as in Chandigarh, he added.

Moreover, the SGPC being the apex body of Sikhs all over the world, had overseas Sikh students also seeking admission in the institutes, Makkar said.

“Reservation in educational institutions is just a way of giving opportunity to a minority section of society,” he said, countering the charge that admissions were bring given at the cost of meritorious students.