SGPC team visits Uttarakhand gurdwara to probe violation of maryada
Amritsar A three-member committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) formed on the directions of the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, on Wednesday visited Gurdwara Nanakmata Sahib in Uttarakhand to investigate the violation of Maryada (code of conduct). The issue sprang up during a function where Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami was being welcomed.
The Akal Takht office had shared videos, in which pro-BJP slogans are being raised by Dhami’s supporters on the gurdwara premises and women were seen performing folk dance of the state. A photo was also shared in which the head of the local Kar Sewa organisation is seen presenting the CM a silver ‘mukut’ (crown). The highest Sikh temporal seat received complaints against the gurdwara management for violating the maryada.
SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said the three-member committee includes additional head granthi of Akal Takht Sahib Giani Malkit Singh, head pracharak (preacher) of SGPC’s Dharam Prachar Committee Sarabjit Singh Dhotian and in-charge, religious investigations Ajit Singh.
“The committee investigated the matter and recorded the statements of the management. Bowing to the demand of the Sangat, the present management committee of Gurdwara Nanakmata Sahib has resigned from its post,” she added.
She said a five-member executive committee from among the Sangat has also been constituted, which includes Jarnail Singh, Sukhdeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Jasbir Singh and Amarjeet Singh, to manage the gurdwara till further orders.
Kaur added that the SGPC inquiry team would soon submit its report to acting Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh.
The Akal Takht office had shared videos, in which pro-BJP slogans are being raised by Dhami’s supporters on the gurdwara premises and women wereseen performing folk dance of the state.