Panj Pyaras remain firm on their demands; SGPC chief keeps mum

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Oct 26, 2015 22:39 IST
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar (HT Photo )

The Panj Pyaras, who were reinstated by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Sunday, are firm on their demand for resignations of the five Sikh high priests for their role in granting pardon to Sirsa dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Though the Panj Pyaras preferred to stay away from the media on Sunday, sources said they have given clear indications that they won’t budge from their stand.”They are waiting for the SGPC executive to take a final call regarding their decision,” added sources.

The SGPC on Sunday issued a formal order reinstating the Panj Pyarast. The gurdwara panel had come under immense pressure from the community after it suspended the Panj Pyaras for summoning the high priests, including Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.

Makkar ducks queries

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar remained tightlipped on queries pertaining to the Panj Pyaras.

As mediapersons hurled a volley of questions at Makkar, the latter kept sitting inside his car. Earlier, Makkar held a closed door meeting with certain SGPC officials. Mediapersons were kept away and no body was allowed to go near Makkar’s office. Earlier, Makkar had said the decision of Panj Pyaras to summon the jathedars was unauthorised, but with their reinstatement, the SGPC will have a tough time finding out a solution to the current crisis that has exposed the fault lines within the ‘mini parliament’ of Sikhs.

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