The first edition of the book has got profuse appreciation from different quarters including the successive Chief Commissioners, Gurdwara Elections and SGPC office-bearers and officials It is depended upon by the offices of the Gurdwara Election Commission, Chandigarh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Amritsar. It is also used and quoted by the bench and bar of the Gurdwara Judicial Commission and the Punjab and Haryana High Court; the academicians of law, history and Sikh studies besides the readers interested in Gurdwara management.
A number of developments have taken place in this field during the last decade justifying updating and new edition of the book. Important amongst these are-
1. Punjab & Haryana High Court decision, Sehjdhari Sikh Fedration v. Union of India (2012) quashing the amendment of the Act by notification to debar the non-keshadharis from voting in Gurdwara elections. It had brought the functioning of the Sikh Gurdwaras Act to a standstill. SGPC general house elected in 2011 could not take over while the earlier body had also ceased to be in power. The mess created by the High Court ruling cleared by interim arrangement made by the Supreme Court authorizing the Executive Committee elected for the year 2010-11 which carried on the Gurdwara management for the last five years. To remove the impact of the Court decision, the Parliament passed the Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Act 2016. The Central Government took it own time in holding the first meeting on November 5,2016 to notify the fact of duly constituting the SGPC. All these developments are duly incorporated in this edition.
2. The Central Government Notification of 2010 has amended the Act by bringing 30 more Sikh Gurdwaras under the direct management of the SGPC.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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