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Sikh bodies join hands with SGJC to oust Bibi

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Sikh bodies join hands with SGJC to oust Bibi

M. Sirhindi

Patiala, July 23: A NUMBER of Sikh organisations today welcomed the decision of Shiromani Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) to remove Bibi Jagir Kaur from the post of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president and bar her from contesting elections to the body for the next five years.

In a joint statement issued here, Simranjit Singh Mann of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) (Amritsar), Ravinder Singh, president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic), professor Prem Singh Chandumajra, president Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), Harcharanjit Singh, president of Dal Khalsa, Swarn Singh Khalsa of Khalsa Dal and Mandhir Singh, president of the Sikh Students Union, said Bibi should be immediately barred from performing the duties of SGPC chief.

The leaders said they had written a letter to SGJC demanding the same over the alleged issue of waving off the fees for some students of the SGPC-run medical college.

Defending SGJC’s pronouncement, SGPC member Karnail Singh Panjola said the decision was not politically motivated. In fact, proper court procedures were followed before the verdict was pronounced, he said.

These leaders resented that Bibi continued to function as the SGPC chief despite the verdict removing her. The leaders called it ‘‘a contempt of the Commission’’ and demanded that a case of contempt be registered against the Bibi for refusing to obey SGJC’s orders.

The leaders also rubbished SAD (B) chief Parkash Singh Badal’s allegations of interference by the state government and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Sikh affairs.

Meanwhile, the Sikh Intelligentsia Forum of Punjabi University, has condemned the SGJC decision terming it as ‘‘politically-oriented’’.

Dr Dalbir Singh, and Dr Harpal Singh Pannu, president and secretary of the Forum respectively, said the Forum felt that SGJC had overstepped the powers vested in it as Guru Ram Das Charitable Trust’s does not fall under the Commission’s jurisdiction.

Alleging that the SGJC had hurt religious sentiments of Sikhs, these leaders demanded that the Commission should eschew taking such decisions.

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