The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) denied having given a clean chit to the Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Singh is Bling', saying the matter is pending with Akal Takht, which will take a final call.
"A delegation of the DSGMC has seen the movie and the objectionable parts were pointed out. The movie makers have agreed to remove the objectionable scenes and the final print of the movie will be sent to Akal Takht for approval," DSGMC chief Manjit Singh GK stated in a statement on Saturday.
The DSGMC chief also took a strong exception to the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar's statement criticising the DSGMC for giving a clean chit to the movie. "This is far from reality as no clean chit has been given," he added.
Commenting on Makkar's statement issued on Thursday that the DSGMC had no authority to take a decision on matters pertaining to the Sikh community as the SGPC was the supreme representative body of the Sikhs, GK said: "We always consider the SGPC as the supreme body of the Sikhs and it is like an elder brother to the DSGMC. But we won't let the elder brother bully us. Any negative comment by the SGPC without a valid reason is unwarranted as whatever we do is under the command and orders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal."
He made it clear that the DSGMC was competent to speak on any issue related to the 'Panth' (Sikh community) and would continue to do so. "We are always ready to join hands with the SGPC and work in unison. I also see my prerogative to take call on Panthic issues on my own," he said.
He said when "Gurbani" was wrongly depicted at a yoga centre in Germany recently, the DSGMC objected to it and got it rectified. However, the SGPC later formed a committee which was of no use.
"The DSGMC has been at the forefront when fighting for the cause of 1984 genocide victims and on the issues of Sikh identity outside Punjab and the country," GK said.
"We will not allow the SGPC to bully us. It is a larger organisation and need to be more alert and proactive in dealing with issues concerning Sikhs," said GK.