SC asks Maha Govt to take call on religious events in Nanded - ECAS Punjab

SC asks Maha Govt to take call on religious events in Nanded

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 19

The Supreme Court today left it to the Maharashtra Government to take a final call on holding Dashera, Takht Isnan, Deepmala and Gurta Gaddi events as per the three-centuries-old custom of Sikhs in Nanded.

Board wants to hold Dasehra function

A Vacation Bench, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, asked the Nanded Sikh Gurdwara Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Board to approach the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority by Tuesday for permission to hold Dashera, Takht Isnan and Deepmala events amid the Covid pandemic

A Vacation Bench, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, asked the Nanded Sikh Gurdwara Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Board to approach the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) by Tuesday for permission to hold the events amid the Covid pandemic.

The Bench, which specifically assembled to hear the case, directed the Maharashtra SDMA to take a decision on the representation taking into account the ground situation.

If it was not satisfied with the SDMA's decision, the gurdwara management board could move the Bombay High Court, the top court said. The board had approached the top court seeking permission to carry out the customary procession with certain conditions.

Describing Gurdwara Takht Shri Hazur Abchalnagar as a pious place of world fame and for being the last place of Guru Gobind Singh, the petitioner said it was here that he anointed the holy book Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru of Sikhism.

Petitioners' counsel Praveen Chaturvedi contended the Centre had issued guidelines and the state had not raised objections while granting permission to a Jain temple in the past to conduct certain religious ceremonies.

On behalf of the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Bench that the Centre had been unlocking the country since May 30 and religious functions had been allowed since September 21.

However, the Maharashtra Government opposed the petition. It said allowing the Nanded gurdwara to hold a Dashera procession as per the custom wouldn't be a "practically feasible option" during the Covid pandemic. The state government had taken a conscious decision of not allowing religious functions to check the spread of the virus, it added.



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