August 30, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: As per the media reports the former ‘Panj Pyare’ here on Tuesday welcomed the CBI court verdict in Dera Sauda Sirsa chief’s case. They were very critical and outspoken against Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim when the Badal Family controlled Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) backed Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh pardoned him from Shri Akal Takhat Sahib back in 2015.
The Panj Pyaras — Satnam Singh Kanda, Major Singh, Satnam Singh, Tarlok Singh and Mangal Singh’s services were terminated by the SGPC.
It was after the joint strong protest by various pro-freedom Sikh groups and the Sikh Sangat that SGPC backed Giani Gurbachan Singh had to revoke its September 24, 2015, decision to exonerate Dera Sauda Sirsa head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the 2007 blasphemy case.
“We have no regrets over our stand. The CBI court had presented an exemplary verdict to punish the Dera Sirsa head, but our Takht heads have damaged the sanctity of Shri Akal Takht by pronouncing the politically influenced decisions,” reads the statement of Satnam Singh Kanda one of the former ‘panj pyare’ published in an English tabloid.
“The Sikhs are dedicated to Shri Akal Takht Sahib, but the controversial decisions confuse them. The nominated Takht heads play in the hands of political leaders, whereas the ‘parallel’ ones seldom enjoy any recognition. The need of the hour is to join the Sikhs with the panth with requisite principles and tenets,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Tarlok Singh while interacting with the media stated that “Though we have been dismissed from services, but we have dedicated ourselves to performing our duties of conducting amrit sanchar ceremonies. Till date, we must have performed the ceremony on 5,000 Sikhs,” he said.
Henceforth, SGPC backed Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh maintained that the dera head was never pardoned. “The five high priests had just endorsed his clarification letter in the blasphemy case but never pardoned him officially.