On the 408th foundation day of the Akal Takht, its jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh asserted that no Sikh could challenge the supreme authority of this institution and those who do "face rejection from the 'quam' (community)".
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the jathedar pointed out that at times some individuals have refused to accept the supremacy of this high institution. When such persons lose respect within the community they are forced to repent and bow before this institution, he added.
"At times, the Akal Takht has to take hard decisions and punish those who show disrespect. But it is also a place for repentance and the Takht is always ready to forgive those who come forward", he added.
The jathedar claimed that the Akal Takht is free from "outside influence and takes its own independent decision".
On the occasion, the jathedar threw light on the Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism established by sixth Master Guru Hargobind. An 'Ardas' (prayer) was also held on the occasion and 'kirtan' was performed.