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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:40 PM

Supreme court urged to rule on Sikh leader's claim he is a 'holy saint' (UK)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/11/supreme-court-sikh-leader-saint

Sant Baba Jeet Singh and his followers want English courts to intervene in international dispute over ownership of gurdwaras

Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent
The Guardian, Sunday 11 November 2012 08.01 EST


Supreme court judges will examine the legal submissions to assess whether the case of Jeet Singh and followers is admissible. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images


The supreme court is considering whether it should rule on the spiritual status of a Sikh leader and examine his claim to be a "holy saint".

The highly unusual application made by Sant Baba Jeet Singh Ji Maharaj and his followers would force the courts to intervene in an international religious dispute over the ownership of three gurdwaras, or temples, in Bradford, Birmingham and High Wycombe.

Jeet Singh was installed as the "Third Holy Saint" and head of the Nirmal Kutia Johal branch of the Sikh religion in Punjab in 2002 but his legitimacy has been challenged. Former members of the temples' management committees now control some of the gurdwaras.

In May the court of appeal declined to become entangled in the row, warning that judges should not adjudicate on the type of doctrinal matters that preoccupied 19th-century courts.

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Demonaut Nov 2012 #1
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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:47 PM

1. I love High Wycombe, Fennels wood always felt like a Druids wood

mystical




oh yeah, on the story.................. whatever

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:50 PM

2. I like the court of appeal point of view cited in the article -

"In May the court of appeal declined to become entangled in the row, warning that judges should not adjudicate on the type of doctrinal matters that preoccupied 19th-century courts."

The English have a long, conflicted history with this sort of stuff.

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Response to pinto (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:18 PM

3. Maybe if they stopped wearing those silly costumes, the legal system could move ahead.



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Response to cbayer (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:26 PM

4. LOL. Really.

But I like those individual table lamps.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:25 PM

5. Ironically, that's how they dress for their annual church service

in Westminster Abbey (with the nice table lamps):
http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/supreme-court-judges-congregate-in-westminster-abbey-before-news-photo/153147429

When they're hearing cases, they don't use the wigs:

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:46 PM

6. Well, that's good news.

It would be very difficult for me to appear before a group of judges in those wigs and keep a straight face.

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