Conduct probe into missing ‘saroops’: Akal Takht to SGPC - ECAS Punjab

Conduct probe into missing ‘saroops’: Akal Takht to SGPC

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 30

Akal Takht officiating Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to conduct a "transparent" probe into 267 missing "saroops" of Guru Granth Sahib.

Appreciating the move, ex-staffer of the SGPC, Kanwaljit Singh, who had spilled the beans, said a fair enquiry would be possible if it was done by a "Gursikh" panel out of the SGPC's purview. Giani Harpreet Singh termed the incident as unfortunate. "I came to know about the matter through media. The SGPC has been directed to scrutinise missing 'saroops'. Those found involved in this act will be held liable," he said.

Kanwaljit, who was responsible for maintaining the record of "saroops" said, "Justice can be done only if a panel of Sikh intellectuals headed by a retired judge conducts the probe. I don't have faith in the SGPC's enquiry."

He said, "High-ranking officials of the SGPC acted at the behest of their 'political' bosses. They got the 'saroops' issued verbally without putting recipients' details on the record and deposit the requisite 'bheta'."

Holding Kanwaljit solely responsible for the discrepancy, the SGPC had asked him to pay the damages to the tune of Rs 5.6 lakh as 'bheta'. Kanwaljit claimed that at least 80 sets of holy scripture were burnt due to a short-circuit on May 19, 2016 at gurdwara Ramsar Sahib.

Meanwhile, Rajinder Singh Mehta, senior vice-president, SGPC, had termed his allegations baseless and politically motivated. However, he admitted that around 14 "saroops" were damaged in fire.

from The Tribune

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