Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday failed to entertain a plea challenging the dera chief’s parole granted by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

The high court listed the matter for further hearing on February 28. In the case, the Dera chief and the Haryana government, among others, have been made respondent parties, who have to file their reply.

Earlier, during the last hearing of the case, the High Court had issued notices to dera head and other respondent parties including the Haryana government and sought their response by February 17.

In the petition filed by the SGPC, Haryana Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Rohtak Commissioner, Director General of Police, Principal Secretary of Punjab Home Department, Union Home Secretary, Sunaria Jail Superintendent, Rohtak DC and Dera chief Gurmeet Singh have been made respondents.

The petition has alleged violation of statutory rules in granting parole by Rohtak divisional commissioner.

The SGPC has sought quashing of the January 20 order of Rohtak Commissioner granting 40-day parole to Ram Rahim, saying it was against the provision of Section 11 of the Haryana Moral Prisoners (Temporary Release) Act 2022. The petition has apprised the court about the dangerous consequences of Ram Rahim’s unlawful statements and activities during the parole period.

In the petition, the SGPC has termed the parole as endangering the sovereignty and integrity of India and a threat to maintaining public harmony, peace and social fabric in the country.

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