ANANDPUR SAHIB, Punjab—Speaking with Sikh24 earlier today, SGPC President Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar clarified that the no court possessed the right to challenge the supremacy of Takht Jathedars. His words were in reference to the Punjab & Haryana High Court notice to the SGPC in relation to a petition moved by HS Dilgeer against Takht Jathedars.
Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar further said that the SGPC will lodge reply to the Court after receiving the notice.
The Punjab & Haryana High Court bench headed by Justice Rajan Gupta had issued notice to the apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee on November 13 asking it to lodge reply till November 29 about excommunication of Sikh historian Harjinder Singh Dilgeer.
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 had claimed that four out of the total five Takht Jathedars were not having any right to excommunicate anyone from the Sikh community. He also 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.