September 24, 2015 | By Parmjeet Singh
Amritsar: In a surprise move five Sikh Jathedars to day announce to pardon controversial dera Sauda Sirsa chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim for his 2007 blasphemous attempt to personify himself as Guru Gobind Singh Ji. An announced meeting of five Sikh jathedars was reportedly called today at Akal Takhat secretariat in Amritsar.
Akal Takhat Jatehdar Giani Gurbachan Singh said that they have accepted a clarification sent by Gurmeet Ram Rahim in wake of the fact that the controversy was leading to “cracks in families and communal unity”.
The meeting of jathedars was attended by Giani Gurbachan Singh, Giani Gurmukh SIngh (acting jathedar Damdama Sahib), Giani Mal Singh (jathedar Takhat Kesgarh Sahib), Giani Iqbal SIngh (Takhat Hazoor Sahib), Giani Ram Singh (Granthi of Takhat Hazoor Sahib).
More details were awaited at the time of writing this news.
It is notable that there was widespread anger against Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim after he dressed up as Guru Gobind Singh Ji and attempted to copy Sikh sacred ceremony called “Amrit Sanskar”. An edict was issued against dera chief Sikh Jathedars led by Akal Takhat Sahib on April 17, 2007.
Dera chief had sent two so-called apologies but those were rejected by the Sikh Panth and Sikh Jathedars as these so-called apologies were found to be fraudulent.
The decision taken by Sikh jathedars today is considered to have been taken in accordance with political considerations of Punjab’s ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). It is expected to spark resentment from Sikh circles.