NEW DELHI: Amid a controversy over the renaming of Dyal Singh (Evening) College, its governing body on Sunday warned of a criminal case against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders for harming Hindu-Sikh brotherhood.
These remarks came a day after the SAD said it would raise in Parliament the issue of the college's renaming as Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya.
The college governing body Chairman Amitabh Sinha, in a statement on Sunday, said he would file the case against the Akalis for hurting Hindu-Sikh brotherhood by quoting certain documents that claim that changing the name is illegal.
"The documents they are talking about are not available in the university records. They must submit the documents or deposit these with the college administration by 5 p.m. on November 28.
"Otherwise, a case will be filed against them for forging the documents and intending to use the same as genuine for creating disharmony among the Hindus and Sikhs," said Sinha.
It is a non-bailable offence, which invites imprisonment of up to seven years, he said.
"Those who wish to divide the Hindus and Sikhs have been communicated directly as well as through various channels that they must furnish the relevant documents, but they failed to do so. Now, I am serving them the ultimatum," he said.
Sinha said he was upset about the conduct of a section of the governing body who are spreading misinformation without cross-examining the claims vis-a-vis the original documents.
"I am disgusted and fed up with the entire controversy. It is not only malicious and mischievous, but also a dangerous and notorious design to drive a wedge in the Hindu-Sikh unity worldwide.
"They are misquoting and misrepresenting everything from the documents. They are claiming things not available in the university record. And that's very dangerous."