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ਪ੍ਰੋ. ਕਵਲਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੂੰ ਭਾਰਤੀ ਸੁਪਰੀਮ ਕੋਰਟ ਦੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਸਮੇਤ ਜਾਣ ਤੋਂ ਰੋਕਿਆ ਗਿਆ

A Sikh litigant, Prof. Kawaldeep Singh, was stopped at the entry of Supreme Court of India due to the reason of wearing a Kirpan, A Sikh article of faith
 
(21.02.2015, New Delhi) In a shocking incident on Friday, A Sikh litigant, Prof. Kawaldeep Singh, who came from Patiala, Punjab to the city of Delhi for a matter of his litigation, was stopped at the security entry of Supreme Court of India due to the reason of wearing a Kirpan.
 
Kawaldeep Singh posted on the social media, I am stopped at entry of Gate D of Supreme Court of India from entering into the court complex due to the reason of wearing a Kirpan (below 6 inches), the Sikh Symbol of Faith, at security checkpoint.
 
I protested it strongly with security staff, with the contention that the Freedom of Religion is the fundamental right of every Indian Citizen, and no citizen could be prevented from entering in the premises of any government building just because of the reason of wearing an article of faith.  I also explained the security staff that the Sikh citizens of India are specifically allowed to freely wear and carry the Kirpan as their article of faith, so that so, even in the supreme constitution of India it has been added a written provision in regard of same. I told them that this is the clear violation of my constitutional right of religious freedom otherwise in this supreme temple of constitution. I told that I would sit here and do hunger strike at the very place of entry due to this violation of my fundamental right. He said.
 
Security staff at the apex court, entry gate D, told him that there was an instruction in the morning security brief of today, i.e. 20.02.2015, that the (Sikh) persons carrying a Kirpan should not be allowed to enter in the court premises, due to the security reason on the orders of "higher authority". 

A security officer noted down my name, age, address, purpose of visit, place to visit inside the court premises, and asked me to stand and wait. He communicated all these details from his wireless communication device (audible walkie-talkie) to his security supervisor that a person with these details is asking to allow him to enter the premises of the Supreme Court with a Kirpan. The Supervisor passed the message to some higher authority and asked the security officer at entry to wait till further orders. The security officer then received some instruction (not known to me) on his mobile and he said I am allowed after that, said Kawaldeep Singh.
 
Security staff said that they were just doing their duty by following the instruction given in today's security briefing. 
 
Kawaldeep Singh gave the further details on the matter, I told them I was allowed in apex court only yesterday, from the entry gate C. I thanked them now in the end and told them that now onwards do not stop any other Sikh person, wearing a Kirpan. He assured me of same. I also asked him if there would be some similar instruction alike next time, then question your authorities that why had they allowed a person named Kawaldeep Singh to go inside the premises of the apex court with a Kirpan on 20.02.2015 even after the similar instruction on that day too, but only after when he protested and told to sit there down and do hunger strike. I also asked if next time such instruction/ order would be given to you then do ask for the copy of written orders.  
 
All the events in this incident are seen as a violation of religious freedom of a citizen who had come to the biggest custodian of the constitution, which is otherwise strictly ensured by the supreme constitution of the country. Even if this whole condemnable episode be considered as a mistake later corrected, it is however strongly required that the security staff of the highest court of the country should be made to train to respect the constitution and the basic guiding principles of the identity and existence of this nation in a manner that they should not be proved out as ignorant and insensitive about the basic principles of freedom, fundamental rights and civil liberties of the citizens of the nation as diverse as India.


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ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਨਿਊਜ਼ ਸਿਰਫ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਨੂੰ ਸਮਰਪਿਤ ਹੈ। ਅਸੀਂ ਅਖੌਤੀ ਦਸਮ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਅਨਮਤੀ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ, ਪੱਪੂ (ਅਖੌਤੀ ਜੱਥੇਦਾਰ), ਪਖੰਡੀ ਸਾਧ, ਬਾਬੇ, ਪਾਸ਼ਰੂਕ (ਅਖੌਤੀ ਜਾਗਰੂਕ), ਅਨਮਤੀ ਕਰਮਕਾਂਡਾਂ ਦੇ ਖਿਲਾਫ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰ ਕਰਦੇ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕਰਦੇ ਰਹਾਂਗੇ।
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