Dera Sacha Sauda Row
Fatehgarh Sahib: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Friday granted extension to the panel probing alleged violation of Akal Takht edict by Sikh leaders for seeking support from Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda during the recent held Punjab Assembly polls. The meeting of the executive was held at Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib under the president ship of SGPC president Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar.
“SGPC will pass its budget next month. Focus will be given on Dharam Parchar and education in the budget”
It may be mentioned here that on January 28, Sikh leaders made a beeline at Dera Sacha Sauda to seek favours from its followers. Some leaders reportedly announced to facilitate the organisation of dera congregations on Punjab soil, if voted to power.
It is pertinent to mention that Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was held guilty of impersonating Guru Gobind Singh in 2007 by Akal Takht, which had pronounced an edict to Sikh community not to have any kind of social or political relations with him.
On February 6, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had directed SGPC to scrutinise the matter and submit report . The SGPC then formed a three-member panel comprising senior vice-president Baldev Singh Kaimpur, general secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla and executive committee member Gurcharan Singh Garewal.
The penal had submitted preliminary report to the SGPC but sought more time to reach a conclusion. Prof Badungar informed media persons on Friday that it was a sensitive issue pertaining to the faith of Sikh community and they did not want to take any hasty decision.
On the insistence of the panel, we have taken into consideration its request for reviewing their preliminary investigations before finally submitting it to Akal Takht. He said the issue does not only pertain to the Sikh leaders of SAD, but also of other parties so extension of panel was granted and now the panel will submit its report till March 7. He said panel was not given extension in wake of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections.
On SGPC member Karnail Singh Panjoli and Punjabi litterateur Paramjit Kaur Sirhind raising objection over appointment of former IAS Darbara Singh Guru as member secretary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, Prof Badungar said Guru had vast administrative experience. Not only Guru, two vice chancellors of other universities are appointed as trustees of the university.
Prof Badungar added SGPC will pass its budget next month. Special focus will be given on Dharam Parchar and education in the budget. He said a submit committee has been constituted to give report to improve working of SGPC Education Directorate.
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