The Akal Takht has ordered a probe to verify reports that a Sikh religious society based in the US was violating ‘panthic’ (Sikh) tenets and rules laid down by the highest temporal seat of Sikhism for ‘amrit sanchar’ (baptism) ceremonies.
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh ordered the probe after receiving reports that a society known as, ‘Gurdwara Sikh Sangat of Virginia’ was violating the laid-down tenets during ‘amrit sanchar’ ceremonies. The jathedar received these complaints over telephone and through e-mail from Sikhs settled in Virginia and elsewhere in the US.
Reacting to the reports here on Tuesday, the jathedar told the media that he had directed US-based Satpal Singh Khalsa to verify the facts and submit a report to his office. Khalsa is a member of US-based religious group ‘Ambassador of Sikh Dharam’. “If the reports are true then a meeting of the five ‘Singh Sahibs’ will be called to deliberate on the issue. Those found guilty will be punished ,” he said.
Welcomes amendment in Sikh Gurdwaras Act
The jathedar welcomed the smooth passage of the Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill by the Lok Sabha which will debar ‘Sehajdharis’ (non-Sikhs who believe in Sikhism) from voting in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.
“The approval of this bill by the Lok Sabha should now clear the air on who should vote in the SGPC elections. After years of struggle by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the SGPC, the matter has now finally been decided,” the Jathedar said.