Gurudwara Gobinddham donation box sealed

The Gurudwara Gobinddham on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway in the city has got entangled in a controversy after a group of devotees alleged that the trust which is handling affairs of the Gurudwara is not its legal administrator.

Following a suit in this regard before Charity Commissioner, the office of the Charity Commissioner has ordered to seal the "Dan Petis" (donation boxes) of the Gurudwara and to deposit all the amount received from devotees in a new separate bank account in the name of Gurudwara Gobinddham. Accordingly, the "Dan Petis" at the Gurudwara were sealed under the supervision of two court commissioners appointed by the Joint Charity Commissioner on Sunday.

As per the details, around eight devotees of the Gurudwara had approached the Charity Commissioner through a civil suit alleging that the Gurudwara's affairs are being handled by Shri Guru Govindsingh Charitable Trust although, the trust is not entitled to do so.

One of the petitioners - Surendrasingh Guliani - said all the donations coming to the Gurudwara are being handled by the trust whereas, the trust is not at all entitled to do so. The Gurudwara was reportedly established in 1993 and since then the trust was handling its affairs. "Even the Constitution of the trust does not mention that it will be handling the affairs of the Gurudwara," he said.

Guliani said they have demanded that the charge of the Gurudwara's administration must be taken back from the trust and it should be given to a new committee formed from the members of public and devotees. The suit was filed in December 2011. And on March 12, Joint Charity Commissioner (JCC) ordered that the "Dan Petis" of the Gurudwara be sealed in the presence of two court commissioners appointed by it on Sunday.

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