Sikkim High Court orders status quo at Gurdwara Gurudongmar – WSN

Hearing petitions challenging efforts by Buddhist sect to convert Gurdwara Gurudongmar into a Buddhist monastery, Sikkim High Court orders status quo till 6 October 2017. - THE WORLD SIKH NEWS

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| The World Sikh News | Sikkim, India  | 14 Sept 2017 | Asia Samachar |

VIRAL: Guru Granth Sahib and other belongings of Gurdwara Sahib Gurudongmar, Sikkim, supposedly carted out by a Buddhist sect in August 2017. One of the photos that became viral on the social media – Source / Unknown

The Sikkim High Court hearing a bunch of petitions by Sri Guru Singh Sabha Siliguri, acting on behalf of the SGPC and Amritpal Singh Khalsa Advocate and social activist Ajmer Singh Randhawa, in the case of attempted usurpation of historic Gurdwara Sahib Gurudongmar, Sikkim by a Buddhist sect, ordered a status quo for two weeks restraining both the Sikhs and the Buddhists from worshipping at the place till 6 October 2017, enabling the two sides to take necessary steps in the matter.

Ready to go into the merits of the case with full evidence, historian and authority on Gurdwara Gurudongmar – Col Dr. Dalvinder Singh Grewal, petitioners Amritpal Singh Khalsa and Ajmer Singh Randhawa and others were present in court. Sub divisional magistrate Sonam Tapgi Taahe was also present in the High Court.

Rupinder Singh of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Siliguri has been extremely helpful to all petitioners and ably coordinated all efforts, whereas the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee also assisted the petitioners.

Petitioner Amritpal Singh Khalsa from Mumbai, who was given the right to be impleaded by the Supreme Court of India, where he had petitioned in the said case two weeks ago, also pleaded the Sikkim High Court to grant the right to visit the Gurdwara Sahib as the permission to visit the historic site had been refused on two earlier occasions to worshippers as well as members of the SGPC. After an undertaking from the petitioner that they will not make any changes at the site, Chief Justice Satish Agnihotri of the Sikkim High Court granted permission to visit the site and directed the State counsel to make arrangements to allow the petitioner and other members of the delegation who are in Sikkim.

Speaking exclusively to World Sikh News prior to the hearing, Col Grewal told us that, “we have enough historic material to prove our case.”

Sri Guru Singh Sabha was represented by counsels Navin Barik, Sandip Majumdar and Deepu Prasad, while the State of Sikkim was represented by Additional Advocate General Mr. Karma Thinlay with Mr. Santosh Kr. Chettri, Ms. Pollin Rai and Ms. Sendenia Bhutia. The Buddhist Dsumza were represented by Ms. Panila Theengh and Ms. Tashi Doma Sherpa.

Amritpal Singh Khalsa said that he will let the Sikh community know the latest situation in Gurdwara Gurudongmar after a visit there tomorrow.

Although the Chief Justice had given verbal orders permitting Amritpal Singh Khalsa to go to Gurdwara Gurudongmar, the deputy commissioner of North Sikkim District, Dr. Karma Bonpo has sought 6 days, citing security reasons, effectively defeating the order of the Chief Justice.⁠⁠⁠⁠

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  1. All religions teach peace and tolerance but some followers appear to be acting just against these teachings and may be of the view that only their religions is the true religions and all others should be demolished and all done in the name of their respective ALMIGHTY.
    May be all the natural disasters ongoing in many parts of the world may be an indication that the Almighty may not be pleased with humans who are fighting in the name of their respective Almighty and thus may have started the destruction of own creation by assuming that humans can not be changed to become peaceful and tolerant of all others.

    Gur Fateh

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