March 9, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) has reportedly decided to scrap more than 500 appointments made during former SGPC chief Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar’s tenure. According to reports, the SGPC president, Gobind Singh Longowal, is all set to cancel these appointments made during his predecessor’s tenure that had lasted for 1 year.
The SGPC executive has endorsed the move during the meeting held at Fatehgarh Sahib on Wednesday (March 7). The probe panel constituted by Gobind Singh Longowal has submitted its report to the executive and raised questions over the authenticity of at least 523 appointments.
Out of 700 appointments made prior to November 2017, the panel has concluded that 523 appointments were made defying the norms and principles of the Sikh Gurdwara Act-1921.
Confirming this, SGPC senior vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk, who heads the probe panel, said the norms were flouted while making these appointments. “Out of 700 appointments, 523 were found to be objectionable till date, whereas the scrutiny of others is under progress. We will submit our next report in the second phase,” he reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar has reportedly refused to comment on the controversy. “Till the executive body’s decision comes out clearly, it will be too early to comment on it. I may clarify my stance in the coming days,” he said.