HC declines to stay SGPC polls
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 18:40
  
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday declined to stay the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee elections slated for September 18.

The court issed notices to the Union of India and the Gurdwara Election Commission returnable by August 16 while declining to stay the SGPC elections.

A Full Bench of the High Court comprising Justice M M Kumar, Justice Alok Singh and Justice Gurdev Singh passed the order on a writ petition filed by Harbans Singh Khandola and the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation.

It said the election process, beginning tomorrow, would continue subject to the decision of the writ petition.

The petitioners contended a large number of Sehajdhari Sikhs were debarred from voting in the SGPC polls by the then NDA government.

A notification to this effect was issued by the Home Ministry on October eight, 2003, they said.

Challenging the notification, the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation had then moved the High Court arguing the Central Act could not be amended by a mere notification on such a crucial issue.

Meanwhile in 2004, elections were announced for the SGPC General House and a writ petition was filed in the High Court seeking a stay on the poll process.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Rajiv Bhalla and Justice Surya Kant on May 31, 2004 had stated the "election process shall be subject to the outcome of the the writ petition".

Demanding a stay on the election process, the fresh petition argued that the 2004 elections were held and till date this order stands.

Moreover, as the main case had not been decided yet, how fresh elections could be held before the decision of the pending case, the petitioners argued.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 18:40


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