Dal Khalsa Warns Against Move To Sack Sgjc Chief


MaaPeya Da LaaDLa
May 17:
Taking exception to the alleged move to remove Kashmir Singh Patti as chairperson of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC), Manjinder Singh, secretary of the Dal Khalsa, has written a letter to Punjab Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh, alleging that Harbeant Singh, who himself is an accused before the commission, was plotting Patti’s dismissal.
He said that the Dal Khalsa would approach the High Court in case the government dismissed Patti. In the letter, Manjinder Singh stated that under the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, the SGJC was meant to be an independent body for reviewing the working of the SGPC. “However, for the last many years, the ruling Akali Dal has been using this forum as a tool to perpetuate its own misdeeds,” he said. The Dal Khalsa has demanded that norms for the selection, appointment and removal of the judges from the Gurdwara Tribunal needed to be amended.
Addressing the mediapersons, Manjit Singh Calcutta, member, SGPC, demanded that working of the tribunal should be probed to determine the number of cases that have been resolved, and to know how many of those went in favour of the SGPC. Details of the unresolved cases, which are rotting in the files due to the interference of the SGPC leadership, must also be unearthed, he said.