The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) executive body may be indecisive on suspending them for summoning all five Sikh high priests but the Panj Pyaras (five beloved ones of the Guru) of the Akal Takht will go ahead with their meeting to decide the fate of the jathedars who on September 24 pardoned Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 2007 blasphemy case.
“We will wait for the jathedars at the Akal Takht till 10am on Friday,” Satnam Singh Khanda, one of the Panj Pyaras suspended along with Satnam Singh, Major Singh, Mangal Singh and Tirlok Singh, told the media on Thursday here. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar suspended them on Wednesday, hours after they had summoned the high priests.
The SGPC designates the ‘Panj Pyaras’ officially to perform the ‘amrit sanchar’ (baptism) ceremony and leading ‘nagar kirtans’ (religious processions) on important occasions. They have dared to summon jathedars Giani Gurbachan Singh (Akal Takht), Giani Mal Singh (Keshgarh Sahib), Giani Gurbaksh Singh (acting, Damdama Sahib), and Giani Iqbal Singh (Patna Sahib), besides Hazoor Sahib ‘granthi’ (priest) Bhai Ram Singh, on behalf of the Sikh ‘sangat’. The Panj Pyaras had claimed they were under tremendous pressure from the ‘sangat’ that had not liked the pardoning of the Sirsa dera head.
Sources said the SGPC might not allow the Panj Pyaras to meet.