Delhi, India: Sarna has moved court to free schools from DSGMC control, claims SAD leader. The Delhi unit chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Manjit Singh (GK), today said that the outgoing president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Paramjit Singh Sarna, had moved the court, appealing that Guru Harkrishan Public School (GHPS) run by the governing body of Guru Harkrishan Educational Society should be exempted from the control of the DSGMC. He said this was a new tactic employed by the outgoing president to keep the institution under his control.
The chairman of the society’s governing body, Rachpal Singh Kochar, was general secretary in the previous gurdwara committee. Denying the allegation against him, Sarna said: “I have not filed any case. I have never filed a case against anybody. I have lost the election. I accepted that with grace. Why should I move the court ?”
But Rachpal Singh admitted that the society had filed a petition, seeking exemption from DSGMC control on legal grounds. He said the society (number 483) was registered in 1970-71 to run schools independently. But four years later, it was “captured” by the gurdwara committee. “Whenever school teachers or employees are transferred by the DSGMC administration, they get a stay order from the court on the ground that the schools do not come under purview of the gurdwara committee.
“The society is an independent body that runs the schools. Only the the society can take action against its school employees,” he said.
The National Commission for Minority Education had in 2011 given a certificate to the society recognising that it was an independent body, he added.