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Akal Takht pronounces punishment for Jhinda

PTI  Amritsar, November 17, 2009
First Published: 22:28 IST(17/11/2009) | Last Updated: 22:29 IST(17/11/2009)

Akal Takht, the highest Sikh temporal seat in Amritsar on Tuesday during a marathon meeting declared quantum of religious punishment for Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee leader Jagdish Singh Jhinda and his associates for religious misconduct besides hurting the sentiments of Sikh devotees.

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Religious edict issued from Akal Takht directed Jhinda and his four associates to clean shoes, wash utensils of devotees, listen 'Shabad Kirtan' one hour for five days each at four places in Punjab and Haryana including Takht Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda, Takht Kesgarh Sahib at Anandpur, Akal Takht Amritsar and Chhewin Patshahi Gurdwara at Kurukshetra in Haryana.

Edict also directed Jhinda and his associates to offer Karah Parshad (Holy Communion) of Rs. 500 each in all the four places and on twentieth day and thereafter they all would again appear at Akal Takht to express apology and would again offer Rs. 1100 for Karah Parshad.

On October 14 Akal Takht had declared HSGPC leader Jagdish Singh Jhinda and his four associates guilty for religious misconduct.

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 me. Every decision of Akal Takht is like the decision of Almighty."

On September 13 Jhinda alongwith his associates allegedly took over the famous Chhewin Patshahi Gurdwara at Kurukshetra, which was later freed by the SGPC president Makkar.


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