A day after his wife along with 13 others was booked in a land fraud case on orders of a court here, former jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Balwant Singh Nandgarh, on Sunday, reiterated his stand on the Nanakshahi calendar issue and alleged that his family was being targeted for the stand he has taken for protecting the identity of Sikhism.
In a statement issued here, Nandgarh said that he was prepared to face the challenges and would fight the legal battle in the case registered against his wife.
He claimed that his wife Sukhdev Kaur had purchased an 8.5-marla plot (khasra number 354/16/1) from the heirs of late Gian Singh while complainant Amarjit Kaur had also purchased a plot from Gian Singh with khasra number 354/16/3. He said that civil judge, Talwandi Sabo, on May 9, 2013, had granted a stay in this matter and maintained that two properties were different and both parties were instructed not to interfere in each other’s plot.
Now, on orders by subdivisional judicial magistrate, Talwandi Sabo, the police have booked Nandgarh’s wife and 13 others, including three revenue officials, on charges of fraud and cheating under sections 408, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 506, 120 B and 149 of IPC.
Complainant Amarjit Kaur has alleged that land measuring 14 marla and 429 square yards, which she had purchased from Gian Singh, was sold to Sukhdev Kaur and another accused Veerpal Kaur by the family of late Gian Singh fraudulently with the connivance of revenue officials, including naib tehsildar, kanungo and patwari.
Nandgarh was sacked by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from the post of the jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo as he had been at loggerheads with the committee over an ongoing controversy regarding the adoption of the Nanakshahi calendar.