Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:40 PM
cbayer (146,218 posts)
Supreme court urged to rule on Sikh leader's claim he is a 'holy saint' (UK)
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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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:50 PM
pinto (106,886 posts)
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.
Response to cbayer (Reply #3)
Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:25 PM
muriel_volestrangler (79,820 posts)
5. Ironically, that's how they dress for their annual church service
in Westminster Abbey (with the nice table lamps):
When they're hearing cases, they don't use the wigs: