Saturday, May 17, 2008

HC order denying Sikhs minority status stayed

NEW DELHI: Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Thursday succeeded in getting back minority status for the community on its home turf at least as far as reservation in the institutes run by it is concerned.

On its appeal, supported by Punjab government, a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice M K Sharma ordered a stay on the Punjab and Haryana HC judgment declaring that Sikhs were not a minority in their home state.

Appearing for SGPC, senior advocate Harish Salve said an interim stay on the HC order was necessary as it was creating chaos in the admission process to a large number of educational institutions run by the religious body.

Reservations had been in operation for the last 30-40 years and its sudden cessation would create confusion, he argued.Not unexpectedly, the Prakash Singh Badal government, through senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, toed the same line as it joined SGPC in challenging the HC verdict.

1 comment:

  1. Can any one help in getting the Minorty status for Jains in Punjabby becoming a party in supreme court and asking about the Status of Jains which are very few in State?Any suggestions.


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