Delhi High Court stays Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee elections

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Delhi High Court has stayed the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections which were slated for March 11, and ordered preparation of fresh voters list as well as delimitation of certain constituencies...

Delhi High Court has stayed the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections which were slated for March 11, and ordered preparation of fresh voters list as well as delimitation of certain constituencies.

Justice Vipin Sanghi directed the government to re-start the election process of preparing the fresh electoral roll and complete the task within a month. The court also ordered the government, Gurdwara Election Directorate and the incumbent Committee to complete the process of delimitation as there has been an increase as well as shift in the Sikh population of Delhi in recent years.

The election process of DSGMC was scheduled to begin on February 16 while the polling had to take place on March 11.

Four point five lakh Sikhs living in 46 wards of Delhi vote for these elections which are held after every four years.

The orders came on a petition filed by one Harmohan Singh through his lawyer Gurbaksh Singh, challenging the merger of two voter lists by DSGMC which was holding elections on basis of this list without taking into account the delimitation.

The court restrained the Delhi Government from issuing any fresh notification until the process of preparing the fresh electoral roll and delimitation was concluded.

The court showed its displeasure over the manner the election process was sanctioned by the government in haste and ignored LG's sanction for delimitation. The Lieutenant-Governor in October had decided that a fresh electoral roll be prepared after holding camps in different areas but the govt ignored it.

The court has fixed March 22 as the next date of hearing.