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SGPC chief secy quits, 3 sacked

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 27

Emphasising zero tolerance for malpractices resulting in misappropriation of 'saroops' of Guru Granth Sahib, a strict action has been taken against officials during whose tenure the incident happened.

In compliance with the directions of the five High Priests, headed by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on August 24, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal convened an executive body meeting at Sri Guru Ram Dass Hospital at Vallah today.

Takht panel report

The Akal Takht-appointed panel, in its investigation, had held SGPC officials and employees responsible for misappropriation of records of not 267 but 328 'saroops'

The Akal Takht-appointed panel had held SGPC officials and employees responsible for misappropriation of records of not 267 but 328 'saroops'. The panel had found embezzlement in additional 61 'saroops' after scrutinising the ledgers of 2013-14 and 2014-15.

In a surprise development, it was revealed during the meeting that Chief Secretary Dr Roop Singh had submitted his resignation, which had been accepted by the SGPC executive body. "Since the incident happened during my tenure, I have submitted my resignation on moral and ethical grounds," Dr Roop Singh said.

Longowal opened the sealed envelope containing the panel's report during the meeting. After holding a discussion, the executive body unanimously decided the next course of action.

The retirement dues of Kamaljit Singh were revoked. He was the assistant superviser of the publication department who retired on May 31 and had spilled the beans in the case.

Besides, deputy secretary Gurbachan Singh, clerk Baaj Singh, assistant accountant Jujhar Singh and helper Dalbir Singh, have been dismissed from service with immediate effect.

Longowal said a police complaint would be registered against them for allegedly tampering with the records in a fraudulent way to misappropriate the 'saroops'.

Secretary, Dharam Parchar Committee, Manjit Singh, superviser Gurmukh Singh, incharge Paramdeep Singh (publication department), and deputy secretaries Satinder Singh (finance) and Nishan Singh, have also been put under suspension. The SGPC will take disciplinary action against them.

Former chief secretary Harcharan Singh was also held to be negligent in performing his duties. Longowal said in the probe report, it had come to the fore that he deliberately overlooked the tampering of records by lower-rank staffers. "Hence, it pointed towards his involvement. He will be liable to face legal action," he said.

The SGPC has terminated the services of SS Kohli and Associates as the audit was not being done on a regular basis. Similarly, the contract with binder Kulwant Singh and Jaspreet Singh has been annulled and they have been blacklisted.

from The Tribune

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