CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Acting on a petition moved by Harjinder Singh Dilgeer, the Punjab & Haryana High Court bench headed by Justice Rajan Gupta today issued notice to the apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee asking it to lodge reply till November 29.
HS Dilgeer had moved a petition in the Punjab & Haryana High Court against his excommunication by the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars. In the petition, Dilgeer claimed that four out of the total five Takht Jathedars were not having any right to excommunicate anyone from the Sikh community. He has said in the petition that the duty of Takht Jathedars was only to ensure proper imposition of Sikh code of conduct and they can’t address any political verdict.
HS Dilgeer was excommunicated by the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars after the Sikh intellectuals had objected over some of his articles and complaints in this concern were sent to Sri Akal Takht Sahib authorities. Initially, Dilgeer was summoned at Sri Akal Takht Sahib but he didn’t appear before the Takht Jathedars following which he was excommunicated.
Dilgeer’s work came to prominence after he worked under the SGPC to work on a Sikh encyclopedia. He also penned a book on Sikh martyrs from the 1980s. However, very recently, his work has included much controversy, where he has targeted organizations like the Damdami Taksal and challenged its authenticity.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org