Akal Takht punishes SGPC government for negligence that led to misappropriation of ‘saroops’

GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 18

Akal Takht’s officiating Jathedar, Giani Harpreet Singh, within the presence of 5 High Priests, on Friday, snubbed the SGPC government physique for negligence which led to the gross misappropriation of 328 Guru Granth Sahib ‘saroops’ by its officers and employees of the publication division, who have been licensed to print and handle the holy scriptures.

There was gross misappropriation of 328 Guru Granth Sahib ‘saroops’ by SGPC officers. Tribune picture

Admitting to administrative carelessness, SGPC government physique president Gobind Singh Longowal submitted a public apology and volunteered to seem earlier than the Akal Takht for atonement. Longowal mentioned that although they weren’t being referred to as up, but they unanimously determined to hunt pardon for the lapse in managing the saroops.

Abiding by the strong-worded instructions of Giani Harpreet Singh, they did ‘parikrama’ of Golden Temple whereas reciting ‘waheguru jaap’ with folded palms.

As revealed within the probe report, Longowal apologized whereas admitting that the officers and employees members issued the saroops with out placing them on file and pocketed the ‘bheta’ (the quantity charged on the time of issuing saroops).

Giani Harpreet Singh emphasised that it was ‘shameful’ that SGPC employees members misappropriated the saroops below the nostril of the SGPC and no efforts have been undertaken to examine the ledgers.

Pronouncing punishment from the rostrum of highest Sikh Temporal Seat, the SGPC government was barred from taking part in any spiritual programme or making a public handle for one month i.e until October 17. However, they may attend the annual price range session which has been scheduled for September 28.

Taking cognizance of SGPC’s much-criticised U-turn on initiating legal proceedings towards the responsible officers and employees members for embezzlement, Giani Harpreet Singh cautioned the SGPC towards taking pre-mature and ill-conceived choices that find yourself making the ‘mockery’ of the state of affairs. The SGPC was directed to take Sikh intellectuals or organisations within the loop earlier than zeroing in on any resolution.

SGPC government members have been additionally directed to brush the road resulting in the Golden Temple Deori from Gurdwara Saragarhi Niwas, round a km-long passage, for one hour for 3 days.

About skipping the ‘pashchatap path’ (regret prayers) following the May 2016 fireplace incident at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib that left a number of saroops destroyed, Giani Harpreet Singh termed it as “bajjar galti” (severe misdeed).

The then SGPC government members, sans former president Avtar Singh Makkar and chief secretary Harcharan Singh, each useless, appeared for penance. All of them submitted a ‘public apology’.

In the absence of Makkar, the then senior vice chairman Raghujit Singh Virk was questioned for the lapse of not performing regret prayers. Virk informed that each one government members had requested Makkar repeatedly to get it carried out, however he didn’t reply. Shunning the system, Giani Harpreet Singh mentioned that each one efforts can be made to seize positions, however in the case of complying with the ‘maryada’ much less enthusiasm was witnessed among the many office-bearers.

They have been directed to not occupy any place within the SGPC for subsequent one 12 months, thought of from as we speak, and the SGPC government was directed for compliance of the instructions. They have been additionally directed to take heed to the ‘sehaj path’ and carry out ‘sewa’ at native gurdwara as per their bodily capability.

The present SGPC government was additionally directed to conduct one session of sehaj path prayers at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib, the place this incident had occurred, and one other one at Akal Takht.

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