Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High court has accepted the Central government’s recall plea regarding the voting rights of the Sehajdhari Sikh in the elections of Shiromani Gurudwara Management Committee.

The full bench comprising Justice MM Kumar, Justice Alok Singh and Justice Gurdev Singh accepted the Centre’s plea and ordered that the case will be presented before a newly constituted bench of the court.

The hearing is slated for September 22 in this regard.

On September 1, advocate Harbhagwan Singh appearing on behalf of the Central government had asked to withdraw the Centre's notification of 2003 debarring Sehajdhari Sikhs from casting votes.

The High Court had then rejected the petition.

After much uproar in the political circles, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had stated in both the Houses of the Parliament that the government had not authorized Harbhagwan Singh to make the aforesaid statement.

Following this, the Centre had filed a recall application and the High Court had sought suggestions from all the sides in this matter.
On Tuesday, the statement made by Chidambaram was submitted before the full bench. However, Sehajdari Sikh Federation’s lawyer opposed the statement.

JPN/Bureau