Indian Numbered Acts
ACT NO. 82 OF 1971
[30th December, 1971.]An Act to provide for the proper management of the Sikh Gurdwaras and Gurdwara property in Delhi and for matters connected therewith. BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-second Year of the Republic of India as follows:- PART PRELIMINARY PART I PRELIMINARY
Short title, extent and commencement.
1. Short title, extent and commencement. (1) This Act may be called the Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1971.
(2) It extends to the whole of the Union territory of Delhi.
(3) It shall come into force on such date/as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.
Definition. 2. Definition. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,- (a) "appointed day" means the date on which this Act shall come into force; (b) "Board" means the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Board constituted under section 3 of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Act, 1971; (c) "Committee" means the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee established under section 3; (d) "Delhi" means the Union territory of Delhi; (e) "Director Gurdwara Elections" means the Director Gurdwara Elections appointed by the Central Government under section 13; -------------------------------------------------------------------- 17-4-1972;Vide Notification No. GSR 241(E), deted 7-4- 1972;Gazette of India, Extraodinary part II, Section 3 (I), P.233 509 (f) "Gurdwaras" means the Sikh Gurdwaras situated in Delhi as were, immediately before the appointed day, being managed by or affiliated to the Board and includes such other local Gurdwaras as may, after the appointed day, be affiliated to or managed by the Committee; (g) "Gurdwara property" means,- (i) all movable and immovable property which, immediately before the appointed day, vested or was kept in deposit in the name of the Board; (ii) all property which stands in the name of the Gurdwaras or in the name of the Board or the present or old managers of the historic Gurdwaras; (iii) all offerings in cash or kind made in various Gurdwaras or institution, managed or controlled by the Committee; (iv) all property in cash or kind, movable as well as immovable that may be acquired by purchase, exchange or otherwise by the Gurdwaras, or the Committee, from time to time; (v) all grants, donations or contributions made, from time to time, by any person or authority to the Gurdwaras or the Committee, and includes any actionable claim with respect to such Gurdwara property; (h) "local Gurdwara" means a Gurdwara in Delhi, other than a Gurdwara under the control or management of the Board immediately before the appointed day; (i) a person shall not be deemed to be "ordinarily resident" in a ward on the ground only that he owns or is in possession of a dwelling- house therein and a person absenting himself temporarily from his place of ordinary residence shall not by reason thereof cease to be ordinarily resident therein; (j) "patit" means a Sikh who trims or shaves his beard or hair (keshas) or who after taking Amrit commits any one or more of the four Kurahitis; (k) "registered Singh Sabha" means a Singh Sabha registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, (21 of 1860.) which is managing or controlling a local Gurdwara in Delhi; (l) "regulation" means a regulation made under this Act by the Committee; (m) "rule" means a rule made under this Act by the Central Government; (n) "Sikh" means a person who professes the Sikh religion, believes and follows the teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the ten Gurus only and keeps unshorn hair (Keshas). For the purposes of 510 if any question arises as to whether any living person is or is not a Sikh, he shall be deemed respectively to be or not to be a Sikh according as he makes or refuses to make in the manner prescribed by rules the following declaration:- "I solemnly affirm that I am a Keshadhari Sikh, that I believe in and follow the teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the ten Gurus only, and that I have no other religion."; (o) "Amritdhari Sikh" means and includes every Sikh who has taken Khande ka Amrit or Khanda Pahul, prepared and administered according to the tenets of Sikh religion and rites at the hands of five Pyaras or "beloved ones". PART THE COMMITTEE PART II THE COMMITTEE
Incorporation of the Committee.
3. Incorporation of the Committee. (1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, there shall be established a Committee to be called the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee for the proper management and control of the Gurdwaras and Gurdwara property.
(2) The Committee shall be a body corporate with the name aforesaid having perpetual succession and a common seal and shall by such name sue and be sued.
(3) The Committee shall have its head office in Delhi.
Composition of the Committee. 4. Composition of the Committee. The Committee shall consist of- (a) forty-six members to be elected from various wards into which Delhi shall be divided in accordance with the provisions of this Act; (b) nine members to be co-opted by the elected members of the Committee referred to in clause (a) in the manner hereinafter ap- pearing,- (i) two members to represent the registered Singh Sabhas of Delhi who shall be chosen by drawing of lots out of the Presidents of those registered Singh Sabhas;
(ii) four members, each being the head priest of the (1) Sri Akal
Takhat Sahib, Amritsar, (2) Sri Takhat Kesgarh Sahib, Anandpur, (3)
Sri Takhat Patna Sahib, Patna, and (4) Sri Takhat Hazur Sahib, Nanded: Provided that the head priest shall have no right to vote for the purpose of election of office-bearers and other members of the
Executive Board under sub-section (1) and sub-section (2) of section 16; (iii) one member, being the nominee of the Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar; 511 (iv) two members to represent the Sikh community of Delhi, other than those referred to in sub-clause (i), sub-clause (ii) and sub-clause (iii), to be chosen in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means, of a single transferable vote.
Term of office.
5. Term of office. (1) Save as otherwise provided in this section, Vie term of office or a member of the Committee shall be four years and shall commence from the date on which the first meeting of the Committee is held under section 15, and no longer.
(2) When a vacancy occurs in the Committee owing to death, resignation, removal or otherwise of a member, a new member shall be elected or co-opted, as the case may be, in the manner in which the member whose seat is to be filled was elected or co-opted and every such member shall continue to hold office so long only as the member in whose place he is elected or co-opted would have been entitled to hold office, if the vacancy had not occurred.
(3) An outgoing member shall continue in office until the notification of election or co-option of his successor is published under section 12,
Delimitation of wards.
6. Delimitation of wards. (1) For the purpose of election of members of the Committee, Delhi shall be divided into single member wards.
(2) The Director Gurdwara Elections shall by order determine- (a) the number of wards; and (b) the extent of each ward.
(3) The Director Gurdwara Elections may, from time to time, in consultation with the Committee, alter or amend any order made under
7. Electoral roll. (1) An electoral roll shall be prepared in such manner as may be prescribed by rules for every ward notified under section 6 on which shall be entered the names of all persons entitled to be registered as voters in that ward.
(2) No person shall be entitled to be registered in the electoral roll for any ward more than once.
(3) No person shall be entitled to be registered in the electoral roll for more than one ward.
Qualifications of elector. 8. Qualifications of elector. Every person who- (a) has been ordinarily resident in a ward for not less than one hundred and eighty days during the qualifying period, (b) is a Sikh of not less than twenty-one years of age on qualifying date, shall, be entitled to be registered in the electoral roll for that ward: Provided that no person shall be registered as an elector who- (a) trims or shaves his beard or keshas; 512 (b) smokes; (c) takes alcoholic drinks. Explanation.-For the purpose of this section, the "qualifying date" and the "qualifying period"- (i) in the case of electoral rolls first prepared under this Act, shall be the 1st day of January, 1972, and the period beginning on the 1st day of January, 1971 and ending on the 31st day of December, 1971, respectively; and (ii) in the case of every electoral roll subsequently prepared under this Act, shall be the 1st day of January of the year in which it is prepared and the year immediately preceding that year respectively.
Right to vote. 9. Right to vote. Every person registered on the electoral roll for the time being in force for any ward for the election of a member of the Committee, shall be entitled while so registered to vote at an election of a member for that ward, provided that no person shall be entitled to vote at an election in more than one ward.
Qualifications of member.
10. Qualifications of member. (1) A person shall not be qualified to be chosen or co-opted as a member of the Committee if such person- (a) has not attained the age of twenty-five years; (b) is not a citizen of India; (c) in the case of an elected member, if he is not registered as an elector in the electoral roll for any ward; (d) is not an Amritdhari Sikh; (e) being an Amritdhari Sikh, trims or shaves his beard or keshas; (f) takes alcoholic drinks; (g) smokes; (h) is a patit; (i) is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court; (j) is an undischarged insolvent; (k) has been convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude or has been dismissed from service by Government, Board, Committee or any local authority, on account of moral turpitude; (l) is a paid servant of any Gurdwara or a local Gurdwara; (m) not being a blind person cannot 1 [read and write] Gurmukhi. Explanation.-A person shall be deemed to- (i) be able to read Gurmukhi if he is able to recite Sri Guru Granth Sahib, in Gurmukhi, and --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Subs. by Act 46 of 1974, s.2. 513 (ii) write Gurmukhi if he fills his nomination paper for election to the Committee in Gurmukhi in his own handwriting. If any question arises whether a candidate is or is not able to read an write Gurmukhi, the question shall be decided in such manner as may be 1[prescribed by rules].
(2) If a person sits or votes as a member of the Committee when he knows that he is not qualified for such membership, he shall be liable in respect of each day on which he so sits or votes to a penalty of three hundred rupees which shall be recoverable as an arrear of land revenue.
Elections. 11. Elections. Election of members under clause (a) of section 4 whether for the purpose of initial constitution of the Committee under section 3, or for filling vacancies arising by efflux of time or a casual vacancy, shall be conducted by the Director Gurdwara Elections in accordance with the rules made in this behalf: Provided that no election shall be held to fill a casual vacancy occurring within four months prior to the holding of a general election under this section.
Director Gurdwara Elections.
13. Director Gurdwara Elections. (1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint a suitable person to be the Director Gurdwara. Election in whom shall vest the superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, elections of members of the Committee.
(2) A person shall not be qualified for appointment as Director Gurdwara Elections unless he is a citizen of India and possesses judicial or administrative experience for a period of not less than ten years.
(3) Subject to the provisions of section 37, the term of office, and the terms and conditions of service of the Director Gurdwara Elections shall be such as may be prescribed by rules.
First meeting of the elected members.
14. First meeting of the elected members. (1) The persons to be co-opted as members of the Committee under clause (b) of section 4 shall be chosen at the first meeting of the elected members which shall be convened by the Director Gurdwara Elections as early as possible and not later than fifteen days after publication of the
results of the election under sub-section (1) of section 12.
(2) The Director Gurdwara Elections may adjourn the first meeting of the elected members to any other date or dates, being not later than fifteen days from the date of the first meeting aforesaid, if the elected members are unable to choose all persons to be co-opted at that first meeting. -------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Subs. by Act 46 of 1974, s.2. 514
First meeting of the Committee.
15. First meeting of the Committee. (1) The Director Gurdwara Elections shall summon the first meeting of the Committee to meet on such date, not being later than tee, fifteen days after the
publication of the names of the members co-opted Under sub-section (2) of section 12, as he thinks fit.
(2) The first meeting shall be held at such time and place as the Director Gurdwara Elections may appoint and shall be presided by him: Provided that while so presiding at the meeting of the Committee, the Director Gurdwara Elections shall have no right to vote.
(3) Every member of the Committee shall, before taking his seat make and subscribe before the Director Gurdwara Elections an oath according to the form set out for the purpose in the Schedule.
(4) The members of the Committee shall proceed thereafter to elect from amongst themselves a pro tempore Chairman in such manner as may be prescribed by rules, who shall preside at the meeting until the Committee elects the President.
Election of office-bearers.
16. Election of office-bearers. (1) The Committee shall, at its first meeting after the election of the pro tempore Chairman under
sub-section (4) of section 15, elect from amongst its members a President, who shall conduct the election if other office-bearers and members of the Executive Board under this section.
(2) The Committee shall also at its first meeting elect from amongst its members a Senior Vice-President, Junior Vice-President, General Secretary and a Joint Secretary (hereinafter referred to as office-bearers of the Committee), and shall also at the same meeting in like manner elect ten of its members to be members of the Executive Board of the Committee, and the office-bearers and members so elected shall be the Executive Board of the Committee.
(3) No person shall be eligible for election as the President or other office-bearer unless he is at least a matriculate or has passed Higher Secondary Examination of any recognised University or Board or is a Giani or possesses any other equivalent educational qualification.
(4) No member of the Committee shall, at the same time, bold any
of the offices referred to in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) in more than one capacity.
(5) The President and other members of the Executive Board
elected under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall hold office for a term of one year but shall be eligible for re-election for one more term only: Provided that an outgoing office-bearer or member shall continue it office until election of his successor is held.
(6) The election of the President and other office-bearers and
members of the Executive Board under sub-section (1) or sub-section
(2) or any subsequent annual election to any of those offices shall be held in such manner as may be prescribed by rules.
(7) The provisions of sub-section (2) of section 5 shall apply so far as may be to the filling of a casual vacancy in the 1[office of the President, any other office-bearer or member of the Executive Board] 515 as they apply in relation to casual vacancies in the membership of the Committee. 1[16A. Power to convene another meeting for election of
office-bearers. (1) If the Committee at its first meeting is unable to elect a pro tempore Chairman or a President or any other office-bearer
or member of the Executive Board under sub-section (4) of section 15
or sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of section 16, the Director Gurdwara Elections shall summon another meeting of the Committee, being not later than fifteen days from the date of the first meeting, for the election of the pro tempore Chairman, the President or the remaining office-bearers or members of the Executive Board, as the case may be.
(2) The provisions of sections 15 and 16 shall, so far as may
be, apply to the conduct of election under sub-section (1).]
Vacation, resignation and removal of members and office-bearers. 17. Vacation, resignation and removal of members and office-
bearers. (1) A member of the Committee may resign his office by writing under his hand addressed to the President.
(2) An office-bearer or any other member of the Executive Board shall vacate his office if he ceases to be a member of the Committee; (b) may at any time by writing under his hand addressed to the Committee resign his office; and (c) may be removed from his office by a resolution of the Com- mittee passed by a three-fourth majority of the total members thereof: Provided that no resolution for the purpose of clause (c) shall be moved unless it is supported by not less than seventeen members of the Committee and fourteen days' notice has been given of their intention to move the resolution.
(3) The resignation of office under sub-section (1) or clause (b)
of sub-section (2) shall be effective from the date from which it is accepted by the Executive Board or the Committee, as the case may be.
Fees and allowances of members. 18. Fees and allowances of members. Any office-bearer or other member of the Executive Board or any other member of the Committee may, if he so desires, draw such fees and allowances for attending the meetings of the Executive Board or the Committee and for attending to any other work of the Executive Board or the Committee, as the case may be, as may be prescribed by regulations.
Meetings of the Committee and the Executive Board.
19. Meetings of the Committee and the Executive Board. (1) The annual general meeting of the Committee shall be held in every year.
(2) The Executive Board shall meet at least once in every fortnight or at such intervals as may be prescribed by regulations.
(3) The President, or in his absence the Senior Vice-President an in the absence of both, the Junior Vice-President, and in the absence of all the three, any other member elected from amongst themselves shall preside at any meeting of the Committee or of the Executive Board.
(4) The Committee or the Executive Board shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to transaction of the business at its meetings a may be prescribed by regulations.
(5) Save as otherwise provided, all questions which come up before any meeting of the Committee or the Executive Board shall be decide by a majority of votes of the members present and voting and in the event of equality of votes, the person presiding shall have a second or casting vote.
(6) All proceedings of the meetings of the Committee or the Executive Board shall be recorded in Punjabi in Gurmukhi script. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Ins. by Act 46 of 1974, s.4. 516
20. Sub-committees. (1) The Executive Board may constitute such number of subcommittees from amongst the members of the Committee as it thinks fit and for such purpose as it may decide.
(2) A sub-committee constituted under sub-section (1) shall meet at such time and places and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings as may be prescribed by regulations.
(3) A member of a sub-committee may, if he so desires, draw such fees and allowances for attending its meetings and for attending to any other work of the sub-committee, as may be prescribed by regulations.
Validity of acts of Committee, Executive Board or sub-committees notto be questioned by reason of vacancy, etc. 22. Validity of acts of Committee, Executive Board or sub- committees not to be questioned by reason of vacancy, etc. No act or proceeding of the Committee or the Executive Board or any sub- committee shall be invalidated by reason only of the existence of any vacancy amongst its members or any defect in the constitution thereof. 517
Officers and other employees of the Committee.
23. Officers and other employees of the Committee. (1) The Committee may appoint such number of officers and other employees as it considers necessary for the efficient performance of its functions, and may, from time to time, determine the number, designations, grades and scales of pay or other remuneration of the officers and other employees, and may at any time reduce, suspend, remove or dismiss or impose any other penalty on any officer or other employee for carelessness, unfitness, neglect of duty or other misconduct.
(2) The officers and other employees appointed under sub-section
(1) shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be prescribed by regulations or as may, from time to time, be delegated by the Committee.
(3) The terms and conditions of service of the officers and other employees shall be such as may be prescribed by regulations. PART POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE PART III POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE
Powers and functions of the Committee. 24. Powers and functions of the Committee. Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, the control, direction and general superintendence over all the Gurdwaras and Gurdwara property in Delhi shall vest in the Committee, and it shall be the duty of the Committee- (i) to arrange for the proper performance of the religious rites and ceremonies in the Gurdwaras, (ii) to provide facilities for worship by the devotees at the Gurdwaras, (iii) to ensure safe custody of its funds, movable and immovable properties, deposits, offerings in cash or kind, (iv) to do all such things as may be incidental and conducive to the efficient management of the affairs of Gurdwaras, educational and other institutions under the Committee and their properties or to the convenience of devotees, (v) to provide suitable accommodation and facilities for pilgrims, (vi) to maintain free langars, (vii) to manage the historic and other Gurdwaras, educational and other institutions and their properties in such a way as to make them inspiring centres of the Sikh tradition, culture and religion, (viii) to ensure maintenance of order, discipline and proper hygienic conditions in Gurdwaras, educational and other institutions under its management, (ix) to open free dispensaries, (x) to spread education, especially the knowledge of Punjabi, in Gurmukhi script, (xi) to establish educational institutions, research centres and libraries. (xii) to render financial assistance to religious and educational institutions, societies and needy persons, 518 (xiii) to give stipends to needy and deserving students, (xiv) to render help in the case of the uplift of the Sikh community and propagation of Sikh religion, (xv) to perform such other functions and to do such religious or charitable acts, as may be prescribed by regulations for carrying out the purposes of this Act. PART GURDWARA FUND, ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT PART IV GURDWARA FUND, ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
Prohibition regarding making of contributions for political purposes. 26. Prohibition regarding making of contributions for political purposes. Nothing contained in this Act shall, or shall be deemed to, authorise the Committee to contribute any amount or amounts- (a) to any political party, or (b) for the benefit of any political party, or (c) for any political purpose to any individual or body.
27. Budget. (1) In respect of every financial year, budget (annual financial statement) of the estimated receipts and expenditure of the Committee for the year shall be placed before the Committee and duly passed.
(2) No moneys out of the Gurdwara Fund shall be appropriated ex- cept as passed and approved by the Committee.
Maintenance of accounts.
28. Maintenance of accounts. (1) The Committee shall maintain proper accounts showing receipts on account of and expenditure out of Gurdwara Fund.
(2) At the end of each calendar month, a statement of income and expenditure relating to that month shall be prepared and placed before the Committee and it shall be pasted at prominent places outside all Gurdwaras; and a consolidated annual statement, showing income and expenditure relating to a financial year shall likewise be prepared and placed before the Committee and outside the Gurdwaras at the end of each financial year.
Audit of Accounts.
29. Audit of Accounts. (1) The accounts of the Committee including those of the Gurdwaras, and Gurdwara property including educational and other charitable institutions administered by the Committee, shall be audited by one or more auditors duly qualified to
act as auditor under subsection (1) of section 226 of the Companies Act, 1956 (hereinafter referred to as the auditor) who shall be appointed by the Committee within sixty days of the 519 close of every financial year and shall receive such remuneration as the Committee may fix: Provided that the first appointment of auditors shall be made by the Committee within sixty days from the date of its first meeting held under section 15.
(2) For the purpose of any such audit and examination of accounts the auditors may, by a demand in writing, require from the Committee or any office-bearer or member or employee of the Committee or any Gurdwara, educational or other institution of the Committee, the pro- duction before him of all books, deeds, vouchers and all other docu- ments and papers which he deems necessary, and may require any person holding or accountable for any such books, deeds, vouchers, documents and papers to appear before him at any audit and examination, to answer all questions which may be put to him with respect to the same or to prepare and submit any further statement which such auditor may consider necessary.
(3) Within thirty days after the audit and examination have been completed, the auditor shall submit a report to the Committee upon each account audited and examined.
(4) The audit report shall be published in, at least two daily papers of Delhi (one in English and one in Punjabi) as well as in Gurdwara Journal, if any, within thirty days of its receipt.
(5) The report of the auditor shall, among other matters, specify all items of expenditure which in his opinion are illegal, irregular or improper, all cases of failure of recoveries of money or property due to the Committee, all instances of loss or wasteful expenditure of money or property due to negligence or misconduct and all instances in which any money or property has been devoted to any purpose not authorised by this Act.
Consideration of the auditor's report by the Committee. 30. Consideration of the auditor's report by the Committee. The Committee, in meeting next following the date of receipt of the auditor's report, shall consider such report and satisfy itself that no expenditure shown therein has been incurred otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of this Act and shall pass such orders as are, in its opinion, necessary and proper to rectify the illegal, unauthorised or improper expenditure and may also pass such further orders upon the report, as it may deem proper: Provided that if the next meeting falls on a day earlier than two months after the receipt of the report it may be considered in the meeting next following which shall be convened before the expiry of a period of three months from the date of receipt of the said report. PART SETTLEMENT OF ELECTIONS AND OTHER DISPUTES PART V SETTLEMENT OF ELECTIONS AND OTHER DISPUTES
Election disputes, electoral offences, etc. 31. Election disputes, electoral offences, etc. The provisions of sections 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 (66 of 1957.), shall mutatis mutandis apply, subject to such modifications as the Central Government may by order direct, in relation to settlement of disputes regarding elections, corrupt practices and electoral offences in respect of election or co-option of members of the Committee. 520
Jurisdiction of District Court in other matters. 32. Jurisdiction of District Court in other matters. The Court of the District Judge in Delhi shall also have jurisdiction in respect of the following matters, namely: -- (c) Petitions regarding complaints, irregularities, breach of trust, mismanagement in any Gurdwara, educational or other institu- tions against any member, office-bearer or officer or other employee of the Committee. (d) Petitions arising out of any type of disputes between the Committee and its employees including past employees. (e) Applications regarding failure of publication of, or non- implementation or non-clearance of the objections raised in, any annual report of the auditors of the Committee.
33. Appeals. (1) Any person aggrieved by an order passed by the District Judge may, within sixty days of the order, prefer an appeal to the High Court at Delhi and the orders of the High Court on such appeal shall be final and conclusive.
(2) The provisions of sections 5 and 12 of the Limitation Act, 1963, shall, so far as may be, apply to appeals under this section. PART MISCELLANEOUS PART VI MISCELLANEOUS
Procedure for affiliation of local Gurdwaras.
34. Procedure for affiliation of local Gurdwaras. (1)A registered Singh Sabha may, in relation to any local Gurdwara under its control, decide by a resolution adopted by three-fourth majority of its total membership for affiliating that local Gurdwara to the Committee and if the Committee consents thereto, the said local Gurdwara shall be deemed to be affiliated to the Committee.
(2) All assets and liabilities of the local Gurdwara so affiliated and of the registered Singh Sabha shall thereafter vest in the Committee.
Act not to affect rites and practices of Sikh religion. 35. Act not to affect rites and practices of Sikh religion. Nothing contained in this Act or any other law for the time being in force shall- (a) save as otherwise expressly provided in this Act or the rules or regulations made thereunder, affect any honour, emolument or perquisite to which any person is entitled by custom or otherwise in any Gurdwara; (b) authorise any interference with the religious or spiritual func- tions performed in any Gurdwara.
Salary, etc., of the Director Gurdwara Elections to be defrayed out ofthe Consolidated Fund of India in the first instance. 37. Salary, etc., of the Director Gurdwara Elections to be defrayed out of the Consolidated Fund of India in the first instance.
(1). The salaries and allowances payable to the Director Gurdwara Elections or to the officers and other employees engaged for the conduct of elections to the Committee, shall be defrayed out of the Consolidated Fund of India in the first instance, but shall be recoverable from the Committee by debit to the Gurdwara Fund after the close of each financial year.
(2) Any sum due to the Central Government under sub-section (1) shall, if not paid within three months after the demand has been made, be recoverable as arrears of land revenue.
Protection of action taken. 38. Protection of action taken. No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against any member of the Committee, the Executive Board or any sub-committee, the Director Gurdwara Elections or any other officer or employee of the Committee for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act or any rule or regulation made thereunder.
Power to make rules.
39. Power to make rules. (1). The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the purposes of this Act.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for or regulate all or any of the following matters, namely:- (a) the manner in which a declaration for the purpose of clause (n) of section 2 shall be made; 1[(aa) the manner and the criterion for deciding whether a candidate for election as a member of the Committee is able to read and write Gurmukhi; ] (b) the particulars to be entered in the electoral rolls; (c) the preliminary publication of electoral rolls; (d) the manner in which and the time within which claims and objections as to entries in electoral rolls may be preferred; (e) the manner in which notices of claims or objections shall be published; (f) the place date and time at which claims or objections shall be heard and the manner in which claims or objections shall be heard and disposed of; (g) the final publication of electoral rolls; (h) the revision and correction of electoral rolls and inclusion of names therein; (i) the appointment of returning officers, assistant returning Officers, Presiding officers and polling officers for the conduct of elections; (j) the nomination of candidates, form of nomination papers, objections to nominations and scrutiny of nominations; (k) the deposits to be made by candidates, time and manner of making such deposits and the circumstances under which such deposits may be refunded to candidates or forfeited to the Committee --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Ins. by Act 46 of 1974, s.6. 522 (l) the withdrawal of candidatures; (m) the appointment of agents of candidates; (n) the procedure in contested and uncontested elections), (o) the date, time and place for poll and other matters relating to the conduct of elections including- (i) the appointment of polling stations for each ward, (ii) the hours during which the polling station shall be kept open for the casting of votes, (iii) the printing and issue of ballot papers, (iv) the checking of voters by reference to the electoral roll, (v) the marking with indelible ink of the left forefinger or any other finger or limb of the voter and prohibition of the delivery of any ballot paper to any person if at the time such person applies for such paper he has already such mark so as to prevent personation of voters, (vi) the manner in which votes are to be given and in particular in the case of illiterate voters or of voters under physical or other disability, (vii) the procedure to be followed in respect of challenging votes and tendered votes, (viii) the scrutiny of votes, counting of votes, the declaration of the results and the procedure in case of equality of votes or in the event of a member being elected to represent more than one ward, (ix) the custody and disposal of papers relating to elections, (x) the suspension of polls in case of any interruption by riot, violence or any other sufficient cause and the holding of a fresh poll, (xi) the holding of a fresh poll in the case of destruction of, or tampering with, ballot boxes before the count, (xii) the countermanding of the poll in the case of the death of a candidate before the poll; (p) the fee to be paid on an election petition; (q) the terms and conditions of service of the Director Gurdwara Elections; (r) the procedure for the election of pro tempore Chairman under sub-
section (4) of section 15, and of the President and other office- bearers and members of the Executive Board under section 16; 523 (s) any other matter in respect of which the Central Government deems it necessary to make rules under this section or in respect of which this Act makes no provision or makes insufficient provision and provision is, in the opinion of the Central Government, necessary; (t) the manner in which results of election or co-option of members of the Committee shall be published, or the orders made under the rules shall be widely made known by affixing copies thereof in conspicuous public places, by publishing the same by beat of drum or by advertisement in local newspapers.
(3) In making any rule under this section the Central Government may provide that any contravention thereof shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine or with both.
(4) All rules made under this section shall be laid, as soon as may be, after they are made, before each House of Parliament while it is in session for a total period of thirty days, which may be comprised in one session or in 1[two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid,] both Houses agree in making any modification in the rules or both Houses agree that the rules should not be made, the rules shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under those rules.
Power of Committee to make regulations.
40. Power of Committee to make regulations. (1) The Committee may make regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act or the rules made thereunder for carrying out its functions under this Act.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing powers, such regulations; may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely.- (a) date for election (b) fees and allowances to which office-bearers and other members of the Executive Board or other members of the Committee or of a sub- committee shall be entitled for attending meetings or any other work of the Executive Board, Committee or sub-committee respectively; (c) the periods of interval at which meetings of the Executive Board shall be hold, the manner in which meetings of the Committee or the Executive Board or any sub-committee shall be convened, the quorum for the transaction of business thereat and the rules of procedure to be followed for transaction of business at meetings of the Committee, the Executive Board or any sub-committee; (d) the manner in which a majority decision of the Executive Board shall be obtained by circulation to its, office-bearers and members of any matter requiring decision; -------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Subs. by Act 46 of 1974, s.6. 2. Omitted by s.7, ibid. 524 (e) the matters in respect of which powers may be exercised or duties performed by the President or other office-bearers of the Executive Board or by any officer or other employee of the Committee; (f) the terms and conditions of service of officers and other em- ployees of the Committee including recruitment, transfer, fixation of seniority, promotion of, and disciplinary action or punishment against, such officers and other employees; (g) any other functions or religious or charitable acts which, in addition to those specified in section 24, may be performed or done by the Committee, and the conditions and restrictions subject to which those functions or acts shall be performed or done; (h) the manner in which cash or other moneys of the Gurdwara Fund shall be deposited or invested; (i) the form in which the budget of the Committee shall be presented; (j) the form in which the accounts of the Committee shall be maintained and the publication of such accounts; (k) the manner in which any regulations or orders made thereunder shall be published or widely made known by affixing copies thereof in conspicuous public places, by publishing the same by beat of drum or by advertisement in local newspapers; (l) any other matter which has to be, or may be, prescribed.
Repeal and Saving.
41. Repeal and Saving. (1) As from the date of the establishment of the Committee, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Act, 1971(24 of 1971.) shall stand repealed.
(2) Notwithstanding such repeal,- (a) any appointment, notification, order or rule made or issued under the said Act shall, in so far as it is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, continue in force and be deemed to have been made or issued under the provisions of this Act unless and until it is superseded by any appointment, notification, order or rule made or issued under the said provisions; (b) all budget estimates made, all obligations and liabilities in- curred, all contracts entered into and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with or for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Board shall be deemed to have been made, incurred, entered into or 'engaged to be done by, with or for the Committee under the provisions of this Act; (c) all Gurdwara property, movable and immovable and all interests of whatsoever nature and kind therein vested in, belonging or due to, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Board, immediately before such establishment, shall, with all rights, powers and privileges of whatsoever description, used, enjoyed or possessed by the Board vest in the Committee; (d) all sums of money including rents due to the Board immediately before such establishment shall be deemed to be due to the Committee; 525 (e) all suits and other legal proceedings instituted or which might have been instituted by or against the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Board may be continued or instituted by or against the Committee; (f) any will deed or other instrument which contains any bequest, gifts or trusts in favour of the Board shall as from such establishment, be construed as if the Committee were therein named instead of the said Board.