S.G.P.C. Files $833 Million Damages

Delhi, India — The Sikh supreme religious body sued the federal government for assault on Sikh’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, and 42 other sites by the Indian Army in 1984,

The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and its president, Gurcharan Singh Tohra, sought $833 million in damages for the army attack on Sikh temples in Punjab state.

“A deliberate effort was made to cause maximum setback to the history, culture and religious achievements of the Sikhs,” the newspapers alleged.

The suit, which was filed in civil court in Amritsar, sought an apology from the government for desecrating the Sikh temples.”

The documents said the army action caused a “deep sense of in jury to the honor and self-respect of the Sikhs, who are a law abiding, patriotic, religious minority} ‘community of India

Article extracted from this publication >> August 12, 1988