Petition in SC against term ‘Sikh cult’ in Ayodhya verdict

Petition in SC against term ‘Sikh cult’ in Ayodhya verdict

Manjit Singh Randhawa, president, Sikh Nation Organisation (centre) addresses the media in Amritsar on Thursday. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service
Amritsar, January 23

A Sikh organisation has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to expunge the word “cult” while referring to the Sikh religion and “distorted facts” from its verdict on the Ayodhya issue.

Complaint against preacher

  • Amritsar: Sikh activists on Thursday submitted a complaint with the police against controversial Sikh preacher Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale.
  • They alleged that Dhadrianwale and his follower Vikram Singh Babbehali of Gurdaspur had made derogatory remarks against Akal Takht and Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh.
  • They also urged the police to release the activists who had allegedly damaged the statutes on the Heritage Street here.

Addressing the media, president of the Sikh Nation Organisation Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa, who filed the petition, alleged that it was a false statement by a Sikh, who had RSS links and appeared as witness in the case.

Dr Randhawa, whose earlier petition challenging French law putting a ban on wearing Sikh religious symbols was accepted by the United Nations in 2005, said, “After consulting leading dictionaries, including Oxford, Cambridge, Longman, Collins, besides various Sikh scholars, I discovered that the word ‘cult’ was used in derogatory and defamatory sense. So we want that this word be removed from the verdict, as it will result in serious damage to the Sikhs globally.”

Randhawa said there were also blasphemous references to Guru Nanak’s visit to Ayodhya as a devotee and worshipping the idol of Ram that needed to be rectified in the verdict. He claimed that their petition would be argued by senior advocates, including Kapil Sibal.

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