Thursday 15 October 2009

SEPARATE HARYANA GURDWARA COMMITEE ROW


Separate Haryana Gurdwara Committee Row,Akal takht declares Jhinda guilty
JAGMOHAN SINGH
Wednesday, 14 October 2009

AMRITSAR: Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat) here Wednesday during the marathon meeting declared Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) leader Jagdish Singh Jhinda and his five associates guilty (Tankhayia) for religious misconduct besides hurting the sentiments of Sikh devotees by and large.
During meeting of Sikh Clergy including Jatehdar Akal Takht Gyani Gurbachan Singh, Jatehdar Takht Damdama Sahib Gyani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jatehdar Takht Kesgarh Sahib Gyani Tarlochan Singh, Jatehdar Takht Patna Sahib Gyani Iqbal Singh and Deputy Jatehdar of Takht Hazoor Sahib Jotinder Singh were present at Akal Takht to hear Jhinda and his associates, when Jhinda and his associates were declared guilty for violating the Sikh tenets and customs.
Earlier Jatehdar Akal Takht Gyani Gurbachan Singh was expected to pronounce decision on Jhinda and his five associates on October 14 but deferred on today.
However, Akal Takht made it cleared that decision of quantum and type of religious punishment was kept in abeyance, would be declared in the next meeting would be held after November 15 and exact date of meeting would be announced later on, said Jatehdar Akal Takht.
Whereas, Jhinda after the edict of Akal Takht said,” I welcome the decision of holy Akal Takht since this is supreme body for Sikh community as well as for him. Every decision of Akal Takht is like the decision of Almighty. Whatever the punishment pronounced by Akal Takht would be acceptable to him and his associates”.
During conversation with Sikh clergy Jhinda remained Stick on his demand for the separate Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to manage the affairs of all Haryana based Sikh Gurdwaras which were presently being managed by the Amritsar based SGPC.
Jhinda and his associates-Avtaar Singh Chakku, Hazoor Singh Nambardar, Kanwaljit Singh, Joga Singh were allegedly accountable for threatening the Sikh priest on pistol point and then ordered him to vacate the Gurdwara last month on September 13.
It may be mentioned here that on September 13 Jhinda alongwith his associates allegedly took over the famous Chhewin Patshahi Gurdwara at Kurukshetra which was soon after got freed by the SGPC president Makkar when he reached on the spot along with his task force.
But Jhinda in his defense had said that it was all rumors, infact he along with his associates went to the Gurdwara to perform sewa (selfless service) which was distorted by the section of media, otherwise there was no truth in the entire episode.
Jhinda also told the Sikh clergy that on that during the sewa, he had offered Rs. 10, 000 in the Gurdwara Golakh (treasury) and at no where point didn’t rise for any kind of violation of Sikh code of conducts.

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