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Notice to SGPC on fate of artefacts returned by Army


Notice to SGPC on fate of artefacts returned by Army

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7

Less than two months after a Ludhiana resident sought directions to the SGPC to disclose the whereabouts and fate of the manuscripts, religious books and other articles handed over to them by the Army, CBI and government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to the committee.

Describing himself as a devout Sikh, petitioner Satinder Singh had submitted that the articles were seized during the Operation Bluestar from the Sikh Reference Library, Toshakhana, Central Sikh Museum and Guru Ramdas Library of the Golden Temple Complex and were duly received by them.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Rajiv Sharma also fixed the case for further hearing on December 11. Satinder Singh, through counsel Gursharan K Mann, had also sought directions to the State of Punjab, Union of India and other respondents to prepare lists of the artefacts, manuscripts and literature removed by the Army on June 7, 1984.

Directions were also sought for preparation of another list of manuscripts, religious books and other articles returned to the SGPC before ensuring their restoration to the libraries, Central Sikh Museum and Toshakhana in the Golden Temple Complex. The petitioner added these should then be made available to public for ‘darshan’, reading and research purposes.

Mann added the casual attitude and inaction on part of the SGPC towards tracing the manuscripts, books and other articles received was illegal, unjust and not sustainable in the eyes of law. She said the SGPC neither conducted any inquiry nor lodged an FIR for the loss of manuscripts.

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