Uttaranchal High Court: The Division Bench of Sanjaya Kumar Mishra, ACJ. and Ramesh Chandra Khulbe, J. took up a PIL filed by the petitioner commanding the respondent State to notify the Rules under Anand Marriage Act, 1909 and also to issue guidelines to register the marriage of people of Sikh Community under the Anand Marriage Act, 1909.

Petitioner prayed that proper Rules be framed for making provisions for registration of marriage of people of Sikh community.

State submitted that in the State, under the Uttarakhand Compulsory Registration of Marriage Rules, 2012, formulation of an arrangement/mechanism for the purposes of facilitation of proof of marriage ceremony (commonly known as Anand Karaj) customary among the Sikhs, had been proposed.

The Court considered it appropriate that necessary Rules must be framed by the State of Uttarakhand for registration of marriage of people of Sikh community under the Anand Marriage Act, 1909.

The Court directed the Chief Secretary, State of Uttarakhand to take appropriate steps for putting the aforesaid proposal before the Cabinet and after approval of the Cabinet also take steps for publishing the same in the Gazette and place the same before the Legislative Assembly.[Amanjot Singh Chadha v. State of Uttarakhand, 2022 SCC OnLine Utt 228, decided on 23-03-2022]

For State: Mr B.S. Parihar

Suchita Shukla, Editorial Assistant has reported this brief.

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