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HindustanTimes Fri,28 Nov 2014

HSGMC row: SAD delegation meets Haryana governor

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 03, 2014
First Published: 14:17 IST(3/8/2014) | Last Updated: 14:20 IST(3/8/2014)

A high level delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) comprising of SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, SAD secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Anandpur Sahib MP Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra and SAD spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema met the Haryana governor, Kaptan Singh Solanki at Haryana Raj Bhawan on Friday to demand the immediate review of the unconstitutional Act passed by the Haryana assembly against Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925.

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The delegation apprised the governor that by enacting this Act the Haryana assembly has engrossed upon  the area of SGPC which has been declared as an inter-state body corporate as per the Punjab Reorganisation Act 1966.

The SAD spokesperson Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said, the delegation also notified the governor that the illegally constituted new committee and the Haryana government forcibly wanted to control the historical gurdwaras which are governed by the SGPC.

They also urged the governor to direct the Haryana government to work as per the constitutional norms so it doesn't cause unrest and law and order situation in both the states.

After submitting the memorandum the leaders demanded immediate reversal of the act.

It was also brought to the notice of the governor that the Supreme Court while hearing a petition in March, 2012 filed by the SGPC against the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation and others had passed an interim order in which it directed, "The executive committee under the chairmanship of Avtar Singh, shall continue to function and discharge its duties in terms of the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925 until further order," Cheema added.

The delegation pleaded with the governor that the new Act passed by Haryana government is against the orders of the Supreme Court.

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