Sarna to appear before clergy today

Amritsar, Punjab:  DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna will appear before the Sikh high priests at the Akal Takht secretariat here tomorrow to explain his move to approach the Delhi High Court against the construction of a memorial for those killed in the 1984 Sikh genocide in New Delhi.

Talking to The Tribune, Sarna claimed he would come clean on the issue. He said he had prepared a six-page letter that he would present before the high priests. He said he had drafted his reply in consultation with Sikh scholars and legal experts.

When first summoned last month, Sarna had questioned the clergy’s decision to do so, arguing that a Sikh could be summoned only if he had violated the Sikh maryada (code of conduct). “I have not violated Sikh tenets. I did not oppose the memorial but only objected to its construction inside the premises of Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib,” he had said, pointing out that it was during his tenure as DSGMC chief that a resolution was passed for raising the memorial.

Another key issue on the agenda is SGPC member Navtej Singh Kauni’s presence at a congregation of Dera Sacha Sauda at Bhullar village on May 16. A member of the ruling SAD, Kauni will also appear before the Takht tomorrow. He is alleged to have violated a Takht edict, directing the Sikhs to boycott Dera Sacha Sauda. The edict was passed in 2007 after dera head Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh “hurt Sikh sentiments by imitating the attire of Guru Gobind Singh.”

The clergy is upset that photos of Sikh Gurus on social networking sites are being tampered with. It is likely to take up the issue tomorrow. It is learnt that someone has created a fake Facebook account of the Akal Takht chief, Giani Gurbachan Singh. The Jathedar said he was unaware of it and would ensure that the fake account was deleted from the site.

Fake account

Someone has created a fake Facebook account of Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh (see pic). The Jathedar said he would ensure that the fake account was deleted from the site


Museum to be renovated

 Experts from New Delhi and Kolkata, SP Singh and Rupanjan Biswas, today visited the Central Sikh Museum before finalising a renovation plan. They met the Akal Takht Jathedar and SGPC officials. Sources said the experts suggested categorising photos and articles and widening the stairs

I will come clean on the issue. I have prepared a letter in consultation with Sikh scholars and legal experts that I will submit to the high priests

Source: The Tribune