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Sikh bodies, scholars want Akal Takht withdraw Panth Rattan Title from Parkash Singh Badal for his anti-Panthic activities

May 5, 2014 | By

Chandigarh, Punjab (May 05, 2014): According to media reports various Human rights organisations and Sikh political, social groups and the Sikh intellectuals have approached the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh, seeking that “Panth Rattan Fakhr-e-Quam” conferred on CM Parkash Singh Badal be taken back for his “anti-Panthic” activities and the “widespread drug addiction and violation of human rights” in the state.

They said the decision of the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh, to honour Parkash Singh Badal with the title was taken in haste.

Representatives of various Sikh organisations in Chandigarh on 27 April

Representatives of various Sikh organisations in Chandigarh on 27 April

“Since Badal has not done nothing much for the Sikh panth and his acts have led to the degeneration of the highest Sikh traditions,” the Akal Takht should take the title back from him immediately, they demanded.

The Punjab Human Rights Organisation, Lawyers for Human Rights International, Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, Dal Khalsa, Guru Aasra Trust and Guru Granth Da Khalsa Panth represented by Justice Ajit Singh Bains, Amar Singh Chahal, Tejinder Singh Sudan, Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, Rajinder Pal Singh, Kulbir Kaur, Harpal Singh Cheema, Kamikkar Singh, Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib and Manjit Singh have sent a letter to the Akal Takht Jathedar in this regard.

“We have been seeking time from the Jathedar, so that a discussion can be held on this serious issue, but in vain. Now we have sent a registered letter to the Akal Takht Jathedar seeking revocation of the title conferred on Parkash Singh Badal.

“Punjab has witnessed a spurt in the drug trade, land grab incidents and smuggling of narcotics during the 10-year Badal misrule. Instead of accepting such titles, he should own moral responsibility for the degeneration witnessed on all fronts and quit” said Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, a retired professor of history.

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