Sarbat Khalsa will now fight in High Court
The dispute between Punjab Government and “Sarbat Khalsa” organisers has reached the doors of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The hardliners from Sarbat Khalsa have filed four petitions in connection with the event scheduled for November 10. SAD Amritsar chief Simranjit Singh Mann claimed that the DGP, the home secretary and the Transport secretary were in total favor of Akali Dal.
Dhian Singh Mand, who was last year appointed as ‘Jathedar’ at Sarbat Khalsa and two other Jathedar moved to HC through Simranjit Singh seeking anticipatory bail/ blanket bail to protect their life and liberty till November 10. In another petition, the organizers through counsel Rajan Lakhanpal, challenged denial of permission for holding the event. The fourth petition was filed by 31 leaders, seeking directions against their arrest in view of the alleged crackdown on the event supporters and organisers.
Taking up Mann’s petition for directions to Punjab and other respondents against the alleged Police raids and the unofficial arrest of party workers and members of ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ organisations, the High Court fixed Tuesday as the next date of hearing. The council has been asked to furnish details of the arrests.
Mann stated that he came to know from reliable sources that the government had issued unofficial instruction to stop the vehicles of the Sikh Sangat in various parts of Punjab and the state’s boarder to prevent participation in the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’.
Mann and other petitioners said that the state police, at the behest of the Akali Dal, CM Prakash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, were trying to frame them to scuttle their participation in the congregation.