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SC asks Maharashtra Disaster Management Authority to decide on holding Dusshera procession

SC bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao asked Nanded gurdwara management board, which sought to hold Dusshera procession, to file representation with SDMA by Tuesday.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday asked the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) to decide on the representation by Nanded gurdwara management board seeking to hold Dusshera procession amid COVID-19 pandemic.

A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, which assembled during the Dusshera vacation of the apex court to hear the matter, said the decision will have to be taken on the basis of ground situation.

The bench, also comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi, asked the gurdwara management to file a representation in this regard with the SDMA by Tuesday.

The gurdwara management board can move the Bombay High Court if it is not satisfied with the decision of the SDMA, it said.

The top court was hearing a plea by Nanded Sikh Gurdwara Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Board’ seeking permission to carry out the customary procession on account of the 300-year old event — ‘Dusshera, Takht Isnan, Deepmala and Gurta Gaddi’ –with certain conditions.

The plea has said that Gurdwara Takhat Shri Hazur Abchalnagar is a pious place of world fame for being the last place of tenth Sikh Guru Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj, where he granted holy seat of Guru to the Gurugranth Sahiv ji before going to Sachkhand .

The Maharashtra government has told the apex court that allowing the Nanded gurdwara to hold Dusshera procession as per custom will not be a “practically feasible option amid COVID-19 and the state has taken a conscious decision of not allowing religious functions to check the spread of virus.

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