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Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of Haryana Sikh Gurudwara (Management) Act

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The Supreme Court dismissed the petitions on Tuesday, which challenged the constitutional validity of the Haryana Sikh Gurudwara (Management) Act, 2014.

The order was passed by the Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vikram Nath, which said that the validity of the Act has been upheld.

In 2014, a writ petition was filed in the Apex Court by one Harbhajan Singh, a member of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC).

The SGPC had also filed a WP in 2019, challenging the same Act.

As per the petition, the State Legislature of Haryana lacked the power to create a body for Gurudwara management, since such power was reserved with the Parliament.

The plea alleged that the Haryana legislation was violative of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925; the State Reorganisation Act, 1956; the Punjab Reorganisation Act; 1966, as well as the Inter­State Corporation Act, 1957.

The Court had overruled the preliminary objection raised by the State of Haryana regarding the maintainability of the petitions on March 29 this year and had decided to consider the matter on merits.

Case tile: Harbhajan Singh versus State of Haryana and others

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