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SGPC to probe presentation of siropa to former CKD head Chadha

The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, had prohibited Chadha from addressing any religious, social, political and educational functions for two years.

punjab Updated: Jun 08, 2018 22:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Former CKD head Charanjit Singh Chadha(HT FILE)

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will inquire into the presentation of a siropa to Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) former president Charanjit Singh Chadha at the langar hall of the Golden Temple on Thursday.

The siropa is a robe of honour bestowed upon a person for his commitment and dedication to Sikhism or who has achieved something remarkable. In the past, there have been several instances when giving a siropa to a person has courted controversies.

The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, had prohibited Chadha from addressing any religious, social, political and educational functions for two years, after a sleazy video surfaced in December 2017, in which he, allegedly, is seen in a compromising position with a woman principal of a school that the CKD runs. Chadha, was also removed as the chief of the CKD, a 115-year-old socio-religious organisation, after the video surfaced.

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Chadha, with wife Harbans Kaur, had visited the central Sikh shrine and donated a machine for preserving milk in summers to the Langar hall. For the donation, SGPC employees looking after the affairs of the langar presented him with a ‘siropa’.

SGPC spokesperson Diljit Singh Bedi said, “We have taken a serious note of the incident and will conduct a probe into the entire episode.” When contacted, Jaswinder Singh Deenpur, manager, Golden Temple, said he had conducted a probe into the incident. Defending the employees who gave the siropa to Chadha, he claimed, “The employees did not honour him with a ‘siropa’, but the ‘siropa’ was given to his wife by hand. His wife had placed the siropa around his neck.”

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 22:44 IST