The Akal Takht’s decision to revoke the pardon granted to the Sirsa dera head has turned the clock back for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The May 2007 decision of the Akal Takht calling for his social boycott has again come into force.
He was condemned by the Takht after he allegedly dressed up like Guru Gobind Singh during a gathering of dera followers at Salabatpura in Bathinda district in 2007. He had also performed the ‘amrit sanchar’ (baptism) ceremony.
The Sikh clergy had decided to pardon him after he sent a written clarification to the Akal Takht, saying that he had high regard for the Takht and the Sikh gurus and his intention had never been to hurt Sikh sentiments.
On the basis of this clarification, he was pardoned, a move that was widely criticised by the Sikh community on the grounds that a person can be forgiven only if he appears in person before the Akal Takht and pleads for forgiveness.
Following the criticism, the Akal Takht jathedar had announced to form an advisory committee to aid and advise the Takht on such matters of a serious nature. However, this committee is yet to come into existence.