After his unceremonious exit in July this year, Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, the suspended vice-chancellor of Sri Guru Granth University Sahib World University, has said he would approach the Punjab and Haryana high court regarding the appointment of the Akal Takht jathedar by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC).
Ahluwalia claimed that under The 1925 Sikh Gurdwaras Act, the SGPC did not have the power to appoint or remove the Akal Takht jathedar or the jathedar of any other takht. "I plan to approach the high court on the issue," he said.
Ahluwalia said that in his plea to the high court, he would request for an amendment to the Act. "There are no guidelines on the appointment of the jathedar of Sri Akal Takht and of other Takhts, at least in Punjab. I am already in consultation with some lawyers," he said.
He suggested that the jathedars should be elected. "An election, similar to the one for SGPC, can be a possible solution," he said, adding: "This position would place the jathedars above the SGPC president. The Takht jathedars symbolise the temporal power of the Sikhs, while SGPC chief is only head of the management of the Sikh Shrines."