Delhi HC set to hear PIL seeking SAD (Badal) de-recognition

A Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice V K Jain will hear a PIL seeking de-recognition of SAD (Badal) on January 28.

The petition, filed by Balwant Singh Khera, executive member of the Socialist Party (India), has alleged that SAD, which was formed out of SGPC in the 1920s as a religio-political party, has failed to delink itself from the Sikh religion. It is very closely and publically aligned with the religion even today in violation of the Representation of People Act-1951, Khera claimed.

"Under the Section 29 (A) of the Act, every political party gives an undertaking to the Election Commission declaring its allegiance to the principles of the socialism, secularism and democracy in order to obtain registration. SAD gave such an undertaking despite its association with the religion," he added.

Besides SAD, the PIL has named the EC, Punjab State Election Commission, SGPC, Gurudwara Election Commission as respondents in the case.

Khera had also filed a criminal complaint of forgery against the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, party general secretary S S Dhindsa and other officer bearers in the court of Hoshiarpur chief judicial magistrate over two constitutions filed by the party one with the Gurdwara Election Commission and the other with the ECI contents of which are allegedly contrary to each other.

"The two constitutions of the party have different criteria for membership," Khera claimed.

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