THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on a petition seeking directions to disclose the whereabouts of manuscripts, religious books and other articles handed over to SGPC by the Army, CBI and government after Operation Blue Star.
The articles had been seized from the Sikh Reference Library, Toshakhana, Central Sikh Museum and Guru Ramdas Library of the Golden Temple complex during the Army operation in 1984. The plea also seeks directions to prepare a lists of artifacts, manuscripts and literature removed by the Army on June 7, 1984, and those returned to the SGPC.
“The casual attitude and inaction on part of respondent SGPC towards tracing manuscripts, books and other articles received from the Indian Army, CBI and others before these went missing was illegal, unjust and not sustainable in the eyes of law,” said a Ludhiana-based petitioner in the public interest litigation (PIL), adding that the SGPC neither conducted an inquiry nor lodged any FIR regarding the rare manuscripts, books, hukumnamas, paintings and other items.
The petition seeks restoration of all returned articles to the Sikh Reference Library, Toshakhana, Central Sikh Museum and Guru Ramdas Library of the Golden Temple Complex and alleges that the people have been kept in the dark for 35 years about the fate of missing articles.
The case has been adjourned to be heard next on December 11.