STATEMENT | UNITED SIKHS | INDIA |
The Supreme Court of India ordered today (19 Feb 2019) for representations to be made to the Govt of India to lay down rules for Sikhs to wear a turban when participating in competition and private events.
Presiding Judge S.A. Bobde made the order for UNITED SIKHS Sr Advocate Rupinder Singh Suri and SGPC [Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee] to make the representations to the Govt and also directed that the matter should be concluded within a year.
“The Court has allowed our prayer for the formulation of guidelines, for hosting such public and private events, which are in consonance with the Indian Constitution. Our petition made on behalf of Jagdeep Singh and inspired by the support of UNITED SIKHS has achieved its purpose,” said Sr Adv Rupinder Singh Suri.
‘UNITED SIKHS will work with Senior Advocate Rupinder Singh Suri and Advocate Hasan Luqman to ensure the Govt issues guidelines that uphold the religious freedom of Sikhs, as enshrined in the Indian Constitution’, said Mejindarpal Kaur UNITED SIKHS’ International Legal Director.
The petition was filed on behalf of Jagdeep Singh after he was not allowed to participate in a cycling event organised by Audax India Randonneurs in 2015, because he refused to remove his turban and wear a helmet.
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