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Shabad row: Majithia reaches Golden Temple to meet high priest

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, May 01, 2014
First Published: 14:19 IST(1/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:29 IST(1/5/2014)

Punjab fire-brand cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia has reached the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, the Akal Takht, to meet the high priest to discuss the written apology submitted by him.

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Rubbishing earlier reports that the cabinet minister had been summoned by the Akal Takht, jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had said on Tuesday:  “The Akal Takht is supreme and Majithia had come on his own to tender an apology, so there is no question of summoning him before the Takht."

On Monday, the jathedar, while talking to select journalists, had stated that Majithia will be asked to be present on May 1 when his written apology will be discussed in a meeting of the ‘Singh Sahibs’ at the Akal Takht.

During the May 1 meeting, the jathedars are likely to discuss the edict issued by Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib declaring Majithia a ‘tankhaiya’ (guilty of religious misconduct) for distorting the ‘shabad’ of the tenth Guru.

Majithia has already sought an apology from Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib, situated at Nanded in Maharashtra.

The Nanded Takht has made it clear that while it has accepted the apology of the minister, he will be exonerated only after he performs ‘tankha’ (religious punishment), for which Majithia will have to appear in person before the Takht.

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