New Delhi, 18 September, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
While reacting on the recent action of Delhi Government’s Gurdwara Director thereby conducting of Gurmukhi language test for a nominee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for Co-option in Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Mr Inder Mohan Singh, Expert in Delhi Gurdwara Affairs said that in pursuance of unsatisfactory disposal of objections by the concerned Returning Officers which were filed by different candidates during the scrutiny process of nomination papers in the recent Delhi Gurdwara Elections and consequently refusal of the Director Gurdwara Elections to hear their appeals resulted in filing of more than one dozen Election Petitions, which is a sad affair for the Sikh Community.
He said that during every election held till now, the Election Director used to hear appeals while exercising his statutory powers conferred upon him under the Delhi Gurdwara Act.
Mr Inder Mohan Singh, through a letter sent to the Director Gurdwara Elections, has requested the Director that without waiting for any further Court Orders, he should exercise his powers conferred upon him under Section 13 of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act 1971 and dispose of all the appeals pending before him (including objections filed against some newly elected members having no knowledge of Gurmukhi language) before the constitution of the new Executive Board of the DSGMC tentatively scheduled in the 2nd week of October 2021 and also to ensure that all the 51 elected/nominated members fulfil the mandatory eligibility requirements of Section 10 of the said Act. Mr Singh said that this action on the part of the Director will save the aggrieved candidates from getting ruined in the lengthy court proceedings, it will also ensure the participation of only eligible members in the affairs of the DSGMC.