The case was filed by the SGPC, and monitored by Col. Dalwinder Singh Grewal (Dean Desh Bhagat University) at the location, along with the Sikh Channel UK.
Separately, a Mumbai based law student Amritpal Singh Khalsa moved a petition before the Supreme Court of India yesterday, in an attempt to protect the existence of Gurdwara Guru Dangmaar Sahib in Sikkim. Some fanatical politically motivated individuals elements in Sikkim are reportedly trying to demolish the Gurdwara Sahib under the garb of renovation.
Media reports reveal that the petitioner Amritpal Singh had sought an urgent hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which was accepted. However, the Bench questioned Amritpal Singh Khalsa as to why didn’t he approach the High Court and chose to approach the SC.
In reply, Amritpal Singh said that it was due to the extreme urgency, the imminent threat of demolition of the Gurdwara and the fact that it would take time to travel to Sikkim. On this, the bench agreed to take up the petition today.
Amritpal Singh Khalsa has narrated the entire episode to court that how the state authorities illegally removed Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from the site to demolish the Gurdwara in the name of renovation. The Court has been also apprised of the historic significance of Gurdwara Guru Dangmaar Sahib and the violation of Sikh code of conduct committed while removing Sri Guru Granth Sahib from the Gurdwara Sahib.
The petitioner has asked the Chief Justice of Supreme Court to issue a direction that if the Sikkim authorities want to carry out work at the site, a one-month notice should be given to the Gurdwara authorities.
In the meantime, Amritpal Singh has been asked by the bench to serve a copy of the plea on the state’s standing counsel. Ajmer Singh Randhawa, a resident of New Delhi, is the co-petitioner and the two are being guided by advocate Ajay Kumar. The petitioners have urged the court to restrain the Sikkim Government from carrying out the demolition or renovation of the site.