Fremont Sikh Temple Election Controversy Ends

January 16, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

On January 16, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "five Sikh men have been elected temple leaders of the Fremont Gurdwara Sahib -- or Sikh temple -- after a three-year legal battle. The new members of the Supreme Council cried tears of joy Thursday before stepping out of their shoes, as is proper in Sikh tradition, to pray in the hallway thanking God. The results were announced in a courtroom in Hayward, where armed bailiffs and Fremont police looked on, there to make sure none of the violence that has marked Sikh elections in previous years would erupt. The count proceeded peacefully, but only the winning side was there to hear the results."