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Rebel Sikh priest accuses Golden Temple manager of not letting him rejoin duty

Balbir Singh, ex-ardasia of Golden Temple who was transferred after he had refused to honour then CM Badal with siropa, was reinstated by Badungar.

punjab Updated: Oct 09, 2017 11:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Balbir Singh ‘ardasia’ and Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna in Amritsar on Sunday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Balbir Singh, former ‘ardasia’, who faced action for denying ‘siropa’ to the then Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Golden Temple last year, has alleged that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) manager of the shrine is not allowing him to rejoin the duty.

The SGPC had transferred Balbir to a Sikh shrine at Machhiwara after he had refused to honour Badal with a ‘siropa’ during the latter’s visit on June 3, 2016, in protest against the previous SAD-BJP government’s failure to curb the instances of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.

But Balbir never joined his new assignment. After Kirpal Singh Badungar became the SGPC chief in November last year, he was reinstated in his position as ardasia at the Golden temple.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Balbir alleged that he was not allowed to rejoin his duty so far. He was accompanied by Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president and former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna .

“A probe panel led by former chief secretary Harcharan Singh was constituted by the SGPC to investigate the matter related to me and the panel found me innocent. The SGPC president on September 9 ordered me to rejoin duty”, he said.

“However, Golden Temple manager Sulakhan Singh did not allow me to rejoin duty challenging orders of the president.” he said, alleging that the manager is close to a former influential Akali minister and doing so on his directions.

THREATENS TO MOVE HC

Balbir also threatened to move the Punjab and Haryana high court against the misconduct of the SGPC manager. The Sikh priest, however, said Badungar is playing a positive role, but the manager is doing injustice with him.

Sulakhan was not available for his comments despite HT repeated phone calls.

BADALS MISUSING SGPC, AKAL TAKHT: SAYS SARNA

Extending his support to Balbir, Sarna alleged that the Badal family is misusing the Sikh institutions, including the SGPC and the Akal Takht.

He said, “If anything unfortunate happens with the ardasia, Badal family would be the responsible.”

Regarding the SGPC stand that it will not share any information with Justice Ranjit Singh Commission set up to investigate incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, the former DSGMC president said there should not be any hesitation to share the information, which is required to punish those who committed the sacrilege.

In this context, he pointed out that former Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib jathedar Tarlochan Singh had appeared in an Ambala court to give a statement against Ropar-based dera head Piara Singh Bhaniarawala, who had committed sacrilege.

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 11:12 IST