The Sikh high priests in a meeting at the Akal Takht on Sunday announced that all those excommunicated from the panth (community) could return to the mainstream if they apologised at Akal Takht within a month.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said, “Keeping in mind the recent tricentenary celebrations in connection with Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s Sirhind Fateh Divas, it was decided to give such a chance to all those who had been excommunicated.”
If someone still did not turn up to apologise before the Akal Takht, the Sikh community must boycott such persons, he added.
The high priests also decided that nobody was allowed to play the role of Sikh Gurus or their relatives in any film. Even the role of ‘panj pyaras’ in any movie will be played by the ‘panj pyaras’ approved by the panth.
In another decision, only important or serious issues could come straight to the Akal Takht, whereas other issues will now be sent to the Dharam Parchar Committee of the SGPC. The pending issues at Akal Takht will now be sent to the Dharam Parchar Committee.
To look into these issues, the SGPC will form an expert panel, which will try to bring a solution to issues forwarded to the Dharam Parchar Committee, Jathedar Gurbachan Singh said.
The Akal Takht also asked the SGPC to seek suggestions from around the world for the upkeep of the gurdwara at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.