Recommends registration of police case against miscreants who showed black flags to PM
Amitabh issue deferred
G S Paul, Tribune News Service. Amritsar, January 3. The Akal Takht here today held the members of Italy-based National Sikh Dharam Parchar Committee (NSDPC) guilty of showing disrespect to Sri Guru Granth Sahib and misbehaving with the SGPC officials who had gone there (to Italy) to distribute 450 Birs (holy scriptures).
Led by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, the five high priests directed the guilty to clean footwear and wash utensils of devotees who partake ‘langar’ at a path they have been told to hold at Vakanza gurdwara in Italy. They were also directed to appear again before the Akal Takht to pay obeisance and offer ‘karah prasad’ of Rs 1,100.
Also, the high priests recommended registration of a police complaint against the voluntary organisation supporting civil activist Anna Hazare for showing black flags to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his recent visit to the Golden Temple.
The hearing on another key issue, alleged involvement of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in provoking anti-Sikh riots, was deferred.
It was for the first time that following a request from Italian gurdwaras that 450 holy ‘saroops’ were transported to the foreign nation as ‘tourists’ on April 19. The Birs were sent in special vehicles up to Mumbai from where they were sent to Italy by ship with an SGPC delegation, which included general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, secretary Dalmegh Singh and information officer Dalbir Singh Fauji.
The issue raked controversy when upon returning, the delegation submitted a complaint of misbehaviour and non-cooperation by NSDPC officer bearers.
The NSDPC members too levelled allegations against the SGPC delegation. Following this, the Jathedar summoned NSDPC head Harwant Singh to appear before the Akal Takht secretariat today to pronounce the verdict.
On the black flags shown to the PM, the Jathedar said it was a breach of VVIP security. “The PM was here on a personal visit, not with any political motive. It was not proper on the part of a handful of miscreants who disturbed the peace and sanctity of the Golden Temple. We recommend registration of a police case,” he said.
Meanwhile, the high priests also advocated that no one would be allowed to script Sri Guru Granth Sahib without the prior permission from the SGPC.