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Dera poll support row: Ex-Akali minister declared ‘tankhaiya’, given religious punishment

Former Akali minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon who appeared before the highest temporal seat on Friday, was the only politician who had failed to do so on April 17

punjab Updated: May 05, 2017 22:36 IST
HT Correspondent
Former Akali minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon
Former Akali minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The Akal Takht on Friday declared former Akali minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon ‘tankhaiya’ (guilty of religious misconduct) for seeking votes from the Dera Sacha Sauda ahead of the Punjab assembly elections. 

Sekhon, who appeared before the highest temporal seat on Friday, was the only politician who had failed to do so on April 17. In all, 38 politicians from different parties had appeared before the Akal Takht that day, of which 21 were asked to serve ‘tankha’ (religious punishment) at the Golden Temple, which they completed on April 30.

Holding Sekhon guilty of violating the Akal Takht’s 2007 edict directing Sikhs to boycott the Sirsa dera, the Sikh clergy directed him to perform ‘sewa’ at the Gurdwara Jamani Sahib Bajidpur in Ferozepur and Golden Temple besides making donations.

Panel to probe Namdhari row 

The Akal Takht has formed an eight-member panel to probe the alleged tampering with ‘amrit sanchar maryada’ by the Namdhari sect. Told to submit its report in a month, the panel will also suggest the action to be taken against the sect led by Thakur Dalip Singh, if found guilty.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee had also probed the allegation. “As this is a serious issue, it needs further investigation,” said Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh. 

The Akal Takht also asked all gurdwara managements to spend 10% of the monthly donation for the education of children. They have also been told to make arrangements for conducting classes of religious education and Punjabi language.