Haryana News: The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutional validity of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Act, 2014, under which a separate committee was constituted to manage the affairs of gurdwaras in the state. A bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vikram Nath dismissed a petition filed by a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, seeking quashing of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Act. The apex court’s decision came on a petition filed in 2014 by Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Haryana, which contended that section 72 of the Punjab Reorganization Act, 1966 states that the SGPC is an inter-state body corporate by law. The power to make is only with the central government and there is no provision in the law for any division by enacting the law of the state.
What was said in the petition?
The petition had contended that hasty enforcement of the law was not only against the constitutional provisions and statutory provisions of the Punjab Reorganization Act, but could also create differences among the followers of Sikhism. Under the law, Haryana cannot make laws with respect to a subject where there is already a central law because the subject of religious institutions is related to entry 28 List III. Strict provisions regarding inter-state body corporate under the law have not been added to it.
‘The mandate has been given by the central government’
“It is important to note that in respect of several functions including reservation of constituencies, constitution of Sikh Gurdwara Election Tribunal and notification to bring Gurdwaras within the provisions of Section 85 of the Act of 1925, the Central Government,” the petition said. mandated by.