August 20, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Giani Gurmukh Singh’s brother and his former personal assistant (PA) Himmat Singh has reportedly back tracked from his statement before Justice Ranjit Singh Commission. An English vernacular (The Tribune) has uploaded a short video clip on YouTube in which shows Himmat Singh alleging that he was pressurised by minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Justice (Retd.) Ranjit Singh to sign some documents. He expressed ignorance about his statement referred to in the report of Justice Ranjit Singh Comission. The Punjab government has announced to table this report in the state assembly during monsoon session which falls from August 24 to 28.
Few days back the first part of report of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission was leaked. The report was uploaded on ISSUU.COM by Hindustan Times (HT). The HT corrospondent who first reported the leak was carrying stories highlighting the police pleas for the defense of police personnel accused of opening unprovoked fire on Sikh sangat at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015. Notably, Justice Ranjit Singh has recommended action against those cops.
Like the ‘leak’ episode, Himmat Singh’s back tracking also seems to be an attempt to put the credibility of report of Justice Ranjit Singh under question.
It is learnt that Himmat Singh, who was working as ‘Personal Assistant’ (PA) of his brother Giani Gurmukh Singh, in his witness before Justice Ranjit Singh commission, stated that he was witness to the meeting of Giani Gurbachan Singh, Giani Gurmukh Singh and Giani Mall Singh (now deceased) with former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal. He reportedly said that in this meeting Parash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal pressurised trio (Giani Gurbachan Singh, Giani Gurmukh Singh and Giani Mall Singh) to grant ‘pardon’ to Dera Sauda Sirsa chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. But now Himmat Singh matains that he was not aware of these things and he did not make any such statement before Justice Ranjit Singh Commission.
But the facts stated to be said in Himmat Singh’s statement are also narranted by Giani Gurmukh Singh himself in detain on camera.
On April 19, 2017 in a long ‘disclosure’ before the media, Giani Gurmukh Singh said that the pardon to Dera Sauda Sirsa chief was arranged by Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal. He said that Parkash Singh Badal had called Giani Gurbachan Singh, Giani Gurmukh Singh and Giani Mall Singh to his resident at Chandigarh in September 2015 where Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Daljit Singh Cheema told them to grant pardon to Gurmeet Ram Rahim. He said that Sukhbir Singh Badal pressurised them to announce the pardon at the earlier possible.
It may be recalled here that Giani Gurmukh Singh was appointed as Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib in January 2015. In September 2015 Dera Sauda Sirsa chief was granted pardon by Giani Gurbachan Singh and others, including Giani Mall Singh and Giani Gurmukh Singh. The decision was rejected by the global Sikh sangat and it was later withdrawn by Giani Gurbachan Singh in wake of strong opposition from the Sikhs.
On 21 April 2017 Giani Gurmukh Singh was removed as Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, after he had made aforesaid disclosures. He was transferred to Dhamtan Sahib in Haryana but Giani Gurmukh Singh had refused vacate his quarter. After the electricity of his residence was cut Giani Gurmukh Singh vacated the residence. Informed sources told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) that Himmat Singh remains close confidant of Giani Gurmukh Singh. After Giani Gurmukh Singh was evicted from Damdama Sahib Himmat Singh had resigned from his post in SGPC and joined porbe of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission on Giani Gurmukh Singh’s directions.
It is notable that in October 2017 Himmat Singh had himself stated before the media that Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal had pressurised ‘Jathedars’ to grant pardon to Dera Sauda Sirsa chief. He also disclosed the ‘Chandigarh meeting’ in his statement before the media and said that he was being pressurised by the SGPC officials to speak against Giani Gurmukh Singh’s disclosures about role of Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal. He was maintained that he had resigned from his job due to that pressure.
WATCH HIMMAT SINGH’s OCTOBER 2017 STATEMENT’s VIDEO:
Interestingly, earlier this month (on August 3) Giani Gurmukh Singh was suddenly reinstated as “head granthi” of Akal Takht Sahib. His reinstatement was preceded by announced from Capt. Amarinder Singh on July 30 to table Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s report in the state assembly during monsoon session. Media reports had expressed surprise over Giani Gurmukh Singh’s sudden reinstatement but now it comes clear that his reinstatement was not random, rather it was a well calculated step by SGPC, which is under direct control of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) headed by Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Last updated on August 20, 2018 at 10:54:45 IST.
Related Topics: Daljeet Singh Cheema, Dera Sauda Sirsa, Gaini Mall Singh, Giani Gurbachan Singh, Giani Gurmukh Singh, Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Politics, SGPC, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), So-called Pardon to Dera Sauda Sirsa chief, Sukhbir Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal