– Chief Khalsa Diwan’s internal issues taken to Akal Takht; prominent member alleges voting anomalies

By Sikh24 Editors

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 4 April 2018. Chief Khalsa Diwan’s member Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, who was defeated by Dr Santokh Singh in by-poll for presidency of Chief Khalsa Diwan, on April 3 submitted a memorandum to the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh seeking cancellation of CKD’s by-poll held on March 25.

He accused that his rival faction used inappropriate tactics like voting by apostate members to win the election.

S Rajmohinder Singh Majitha also apprised Giani Gurbachan Singh about voting by 70 CKD members who didn’t attend 12 CKD meeting continuously and deserved suspension from CKD’s basic membership.

S Rajmohinder Singh Majitha was accompanied by the his 11 accomplices including S Nirmal Singh, Honorary Secretary S Surinder Singh Rumalian Wale, Professor Hari Singh, S Swinder Singh Kathunangal, Dr Jaswinder Singh Dhillon, S Jatinder Singh Bhatia, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhiasi.

The Tribune – Chief Khalsa Divan: Chadha ‘meddling’ in poll process

Amritsar, 24 February 2018. Over 520 members of the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) are likely to choose their next office-bearers, including, president, through ballot papers. The last election through ballot papers was held about 24 years ago.

The decision will be endorsed in the CKD’s executive meeting to be held on February 26. The elections are scheduled for March 4.

Meanwhile, campaigning has intensified with all three contesting groups reaching out to members.

Some members complained to Akal Takht that former president Charanjit Singh Chadha was still interfering in the election process. They alleged that he had rung up several members, besides sending SMSes.

The Times of India – CKD management cancels executive, general house meetings

Yudhvir Rana

Amritsar-Panjab-India, 7 January 2018. A day after former president of Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) Charanjit Singh Chadha got interim bail in the sexual harassment case, its management cancelled the executive committee meeting slated for January 10.

Earlier, it had cancelled the general house on January 2. The meetings were convened with a single-point agenda to approve the suspension of Chadha and his late son Inderpreet Singh Chadha from the primary membership of CKD.

“We have postponed the meetings and will announce new dates soon,” CKD secretary Narinder Singh Khurana told TOI on Saturday. He said that meetings had been postponed due to death of Inderpreet, who had committed suicide on January 3.

“Technically Chadha is still CKD president since he appointed Dhanraj Singh as the officiating president due to his absence,” Khurana said, adding that CKD office-bearers had only recommended suspension of both Charanjit and Inderpreet but it was the 31-member executive committee that had to approve recommendations by three-fourth majority that was to be approved later by general house before actual suspension of both.

Sources added that a group of CKD executive members aligned with Charanjit were actively pursuing to get suspension recommendation proposal dropped in executive committee meeting so that he remained a member and could later on decide about the presidentship, besides there would be no need for the general house.

When asked how to control the damage done to CKD’s reputation after four of its members, namely Surjit Singh, Inderpreet Singh Anand, Hari Singh Sandhu and Nirmal Singh, were booked by police following suicide by Inderpreet, Khurana replied, “They could have business interests with the Chadhas but CKD has nothing to do with their personal and business life.”

According to sources, a group led by senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders was in a bid to wrest control of the CKD management even as Akal Takht jathedar has already announced that the high priests would take decision on running the Sikh body.

The Takhat had already summoned Chadha to appear before Sikh high priests following an objectionable video of his with a woman that went viral on the internet on December 26, 2017.