The Sikh clergy has once again deferred the hearing in the case pending before the Akal Takht on the alleged involvement of cine star Amitabh Bachchan in instigating mobs against Sikhs residing in Delhi after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.
This the third time that the case has again been deferred. The case first came up before the clergy in the month of November last year following a written submission by All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammed who demanded that the Bollywood star be summoned before the Akal Takht to clarify his role in the Delhi riots.
However Peer Mohammed alongwith Jagjit Kaur, a Delhi resident submitted a sealed packet to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh during the meeting of the Sikh head priests here on Saturday. He claimed that the envelope contains proofs of Bachan's role in instigating the mobs against Sikhs. The Jathedar may open the packet before the next meeting of the clergy, the date for which is yet to be decided.
Peer Mohammed who heads one of the many factions of the AISSF had brought the envelope during the January 3 meeting of the clergy but did not submit it as the head priests were occupied with various other matters. The AISSF leader has claimed that the proof's were sent to him by California resident, Manjit Singh Saini, who in 1984 was residing in the Kalu Sarai locality of Delhi.
A letter written by Bachan and addressed to the Akal Takht head was also delivered to Giani Gurbachan Singh in the meeting of the clergy held in December. The letter was delivered by Gurinder Singh Bawa, a SGPC member from Mumbai. In the letter the cine star has dubbed the allegations on his role in the riots as baseless.
Meanwhile Prof Sarabjit Singh Dhunda, a 'parcharak' (preacher) who had recently made certain 'objectionable' remarks on the Golden Temple appeared before the clergy and submitted a written apology. Giani Gurbachan Singh accepted the apology and directed Dhunda to listen to 'kirtan' at the Golden Temple and also perform 'Sehaj Paath' at his residence.
Through another order, the head priests directed the heads of all Sikh Missionary Colleges/ Schools in the country to reach Anandpur Sahib on March six alongwith the syllabi of their respective institutions. These directions were issued on a submission made by Sikh Students Federation (SSF-Mehta) president Sarabjit Singh Khalsa who requested the Jathedar to review the syllabi of these institutions to get an insight of what was being taught to the students.
After the meeting, the Jathedar released the Nanakshahi Calender for the year 2012.
Besides Giani Gurbachan Singh, the others who attended the meeting were, Giani Tirlochan Singh, Jathedar of Takht Keshgarh Singh, Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar of Takht Patna Sahib and Giani Partap Singh, head granthi of Takht Hazoor Sahib, Nanded.
Akal Takht Jathedar pledges eyes
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has pledged to donate his eyes to a Hoshiarpur based NGO. The Jathedar took this decision following a written appeal forwarded to him by the NGO, Eye Donation Association.
The Association in its appeal pointed out that Giani Gurbachan Singh's predecessor Giani Joginder Singh Vidanti and Takht Keshgarh Sahib Jathedar, Giani Tirlochan Singh too had pledged their eyes to the NGO. Giani Gurbachan Singh filled up a form of the NGO to pledge his eyes.
The NGO in the last 10 years of its inception has donated 576 eyes to the needy.