Patiala court withdraws summons to Guru Granth Sahib

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Sep 21, 2015 23:26 IST

A local court has withdrawn the summons issued to Guru Granth Sahib and re-issued the same to the Gurdwara Sahib of Maddo Majra village in the district through its managing committee/manager/head granthi.

The court’s move to issue summons to the Gurdwara Sahib through the Guru Granth Sahib, considered a ‘living guru’ by the Sikhs, had drawn flak from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and other Sikh bodies.

As per the proceedings, Sameer Gupta, advocate of petitioner Gurnaib Singh, moved the petition for amendment in memos of the parties. Taking up the application, civil judge, senior division, Ramandeep Neetu, issued the amended notice, which was received by advocate BL Sharma, present in the court on behalf of the respondent (Gurdwara Sahib).

“The parbandhak committee of the gurdwara has filed an application for impleading it as a party. Accordingly, both applications filed by the committee are disposed of with the observations that defendant Gurdwara Sahib, through Guru Granth Sahib, stands substituted as “Gurdwara Sahib, Maddo Majra village, through its managing committee/manager/head granthi,” read the orders of the court, which has fixed September 25 as the next date of hearing.

Petitioner Gurnaib Singh is involved in a land dispute with the village gurdwara. Summons were issued to the respondent, mentioning the name of Guru Granth Sahib. After that, the SGPC and other Sikh bodies protested and asked the court to withdraw the summons.

Meanwhile, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, while talking to the media, welcomed the court’s decision to rectify its error. He said the SGPC had directed its legal wing to assist the gurdwara, if it needed legal help.

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