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Akal Takht accuses Sidhu of hurting Sikhs sentiments

The highest temporal seat of Sikhs has accused cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu of hurting sentiments by taking part in a 'yagna' and wearing a thread across his body.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2009 22:48 IST

After spinner Harbhajan Singh, it was the turn of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu to earn the ire of Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, which on Thursday accused him of taking part in 'yagna' and wearing a thread across his body and allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs.

The Akal Takht asked Sidhu, the BJP MP, to come out with an apology to it 'to pacify the anger of Sikh community before the situation could turn more serious'.

Akal Takht Jatehdar Gyani Gurbachan Singh said numerous complaints were received at Akal Takht against Sidhu, alleging he had committed acts which were against the practice of Sikh community and hurting Sikh sentiments.

Jatehdar said a complaint received by the Akal Takht said Sidhu, along with his party activist district-level BJP leader Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna, took part in a 'havan yagna' held at the residence of Punjab cabinet Minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla.

Jatehdar alleged 'Divya Joyti Jagran Sansthan' was behind the 'yagna' at Chawla's residence and Akal Takht considered 'this organisation as anti-Sikh since it had indulged in blasphemous acts for a long time against Sikhs'.