Clamour grows to make probe committee report public - ECAS Punjab

Clamour grows to make probe committee report public

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 30

While the SGPC has initiated criminal proceedings against the officials indicted by the Akal Takht-appointed probe panel for misappropriation of 'saroops' of Guru Granth Sahib, voices demanding that the panel report be made public are getting shriller.

Meanwhile, the SGPC has locked the portion of its premises that was offered to an audit firm. Its services were terminated for not doing the job properly. The committee has also announced to recover 75 per cent of the remuneration given to the firm.

SAD (Taksali) president Ranjit Singh Brahmpura said: "In its 'historic' decision, the SGPC has dismissed 'erring' officials, with criminal proceedings to follow. If it was a transparent decision, then where is the hitch to disclose the report on the basis of which the action was taken? I demand a CBI inquiry. The 'saroops' were misappropriated at the behest of the Badals-led SAD. The issue had come to light in 2016, but it was suppressed for political gains."

Sources said in the inquiry report, the 'guilty' officials had disclosed the names of persons on whose behalf the 'saroops' were allotted off the records.

Akal Purakh ki Fauj convener and former SGPC member Jaswinder Singh said he was afraid that the report was not put in public domain as the SGPC was shielding some bigwigs.

"Why is the SGPC silent over the names of those on whose directions the 'saroops' were allotted and who else had received them? We are going to ask for a copy of the probe panel's report through RTI on Monday. Moreover, the criminal proceedings against the 'guilty' officials too could face hiccups, as straightaway dismissal, without any notice or departmental inquiry, could be challenged on legal grounds," he maintained.

The Akal Takht appointed panel, headed by Telangana High Court advocate Ishar Singh, had pointed out a mismatch of 328 'saroops' after scrutinising the ledgers of 2013-14 and 2014-15. Besides this, at least 125 'saroops' were feared to be compiled in an unauthorised manner. "This practice was going on since August 18, 2015. There was a tempering with the ledgers and it has been also found that no audit was conducted since 2016," said the sources.

This audit firm, hired in January 2009, was supposed to computerise SGPC's audit record and put them online, apart from maintaining internal audit up to date.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh had stated that the firm had never computerised data, nor put it online. That's why, 75 per cent of money paid to the firm was asked to be realised.

from The Tribune

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