February 18, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: The three-member panel probing the role of SAD (Badal) politicians seeking electoral support from controvertial Dera Sauda Sirsa in the run-up to the assembly elections in violation of the hukamnama given by the Shri Akal Takht Sahib has been given time till March 7 to complete the inquiry. The decision to extend the deadline was taken in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) executive committee meeting chaired by its president Kirpal Singh Badungar here on Friday, said the media.
However the members of the probe panel, SGPC senior vice-president Baldev Singh Kiampuri, general secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla and executive member Gurcharan Singh Grewal, were to submit the report by February 13.
Formed on February 6, the panel has identified 30 SAD (Badal) leaders who attended the Dera meeting; and it has sought more time from the SGPC to complete the probe.
“Going by the seriousness and magnitude of the matter and finding their request as genuine, we decided to put the matter before the executive committee,” Kirpal Singh Badungar reportedly said.
It was back in November 2007 that Shri Akal Takhat Sahib had given the hukamnama against Dera Sauda Sirsa chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim asking Sikhs to break ties with Sirsa Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim after he appeared in an attire similar to that of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and tried to imitate him. Kirpal Singh Badungar said the panel will review all ties between Badal Dal leaders and dera from 2007 onwards when the Akal Takht Sahib issued the hukamnama.
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