SGPC Move to Appoint Chief Secretary to be Challenged in Court

AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—SAD (1920) is all set to challenge SGPC’s move to appoint chief secretary in the court of law. Executive committee of the SGPC had okayed the creation of the post on Tuesday (June 30) in meeting held at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib.  

A file photo of Raghbir Singh Rajasansi
A file photo of Raghbir Singh Rajasansi

Today, the SGPC again advertised the post in various newspapers. It has done so two times earlier. The supreme Sikh body did so despite stiff opposition from different Sikh organizations as the move would cause great loss of Gurdwaras exchequer. The chief secretary will be paid Rs 300,000 monthly. Former SGPC member Sawinder Singh Dobalia had already served a legal notice on the SGPC against the move.

Raghbir Singh Rajasansi, SAD (1920) vice-president, said their party president Ravi Inder Singh had already written letters in this regard to the Prime Minister and the President. He claimed that President Pranab Mukherjee had passed on the matter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for appropriate action.

He said, “We will produce a copy of the SGPC executive’s resolution, besides the advertisements which will appear in media for the appointment to the post, in the court.”

On the other hand, it has also been learnt that SGPC executive members from the Opposition — Mangal Singh and Bhajan Singh Shergill — opposed the decision taken by the SGPC move in the  Fatehgarh Sahib meeting.

They alleged that the post had been created at the behest of the Akali Dal high command to accommodate one of Parkash Badal’s close associates.


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