Definition of Sikh: Hearing adjourned

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Chandigarh, Oct 22 (UNI) Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned to November 3 the hearing on the writ petition wherein the constitutional validity of the Sikh as contained in the Sikh Gurdwara Act (SGA), 1925 has been challenged.

While adjourning the case, the full bench of justices Jagdish Singh Khehar, Jasbir Singh and Ajay Kumar Mittal also again directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) to file an affidavit on the definition of the Sikh as per SGA, 1925 on or before the next date of hearing.

The petition has been filed by Gurleen Kaur who had been declined admission to MBBS course at SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of medical education and research, Amritsar, under the quota of seats reserved for the Sikh candidates.

She was denied admission on the ground that she was a 'Patit' and as such did not fall within the strict definition of the Sikh adhering to Sikh tenets, as she plucked eyebrows.


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