HSGMC Issue: SC says maintain status quo
New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday directed Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to maintain status quo in respect of all the 52 gurdwaras in Haryana as of 2.30 p.m. Thursday.
Referring to the home ministry note shown to it by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi in respect of developments in the matter, the apex court bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph said: “Having regard to above development, we are satisfied that status quo in regard to subject gurdwaras in schedule I, II and III of the impugned Act shall be maintained by all the concerned.”
“We accordingly direct the SGPC and HSGMC to maintain status quo as of 2.30 p.m. today (Thursday) in all respect”, the court said.
The petitioner Harbhajan Singh – a member of SGPC from Kurukshetra – has challenged the vires and the constitutional validity of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014.
The court directed SGPC and HSGMC to open separate bank accounts to deposit the offerings made by devotees in these 52 gurdwaras which are in their possession and management.
Directing the next hearing of the matter on Aug 25, Chief Justice Lodha said: “Time is a great healer. Wait for some time. Proceed with cool head and argue dispassionately and forcefully. Law and order will not be disturbed.”