Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SC agrees to hear plea against renovation at Sikkim's Gurdwara

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition seeking to restrain the Sikkim government from allegedly demolishing a gurdwara in the state in the garb of renovating it.

A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked petitioners by Amritpal Singh Khalsa, a law student, and Ajmer Singh Randhawa to provide a copy of his petition to Sikkim government's counsel and put the matter for consideration on Wednesday. Deccan Herald file photo

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the petitioner to serve a copy of his plea to Sikkim's standing counsel.

The petitioner has moved the apex court alleging that the state authorities have illegally removed the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, from the site and would demolish the gurdwara in the name of renovation.

The bench, which also comprised Justices P C Pant and D Y Chandrachud, sought to know from the petitioner as to why he had not approached the high court in the matter.

Responding to the query, petitioner Amritpal Singh Khalsa said the petition was filed in extreme urgency due to the threat of demolition or renovation of Gurdwara Gurudongmar and it would take time to travel to Sikkim.

The bench asked him to serve the copy of the plea to the standing counsel of the state during the course of the day and fixed the matter for hearing tomorrow.

with thanks : TimesofIndia : LINK : for detailed news

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