Lockdown helped unravel missing ‘saroops’ mystery - ECAS Punjab

Lockdown helped unravel missing ‘saroops’ mystery

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GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 7

The unauthorised printing of "saroops" of Guru Granth Sahib was exposed thanks to the lockdown restrictions. Besides digging out the shortage of 328 "saroops", the Akal Takht-appointed panel's probe led to the recovery of 125 additional unauthorised "saroops", made using extra printed "angs" (pages), which could not undergo the process of binding as lockdown came into force in March.


Rajinder Singh Mehta, SGPC Senior Vice-President

False note

Kanwaljit Singh prepared a false official note of 80 'saroops'. Contrary to this, we have a flying squad report which says five 'saroops' were burnt in fire and nine were damaged due water sprinkled to douse the flames.


The unauthorised printing was being done on verbal orders of deputy secretary Gurbachan Singh, without intimating the higher authorities. He was also held guilty of issuing forged receipts and orders, as stated in the report on the basis of which he was sacked by the SGPC executive committee on August 27.

The probe panel discovered that earlier, unrecorded 61 'saroops' were prepared with the same modus operandi on his orders, as confirmed by binders Kulwant Singh and Jaspreet Singh.

Close to his retirement, Kanwaljit Singh, the assistant supervisor of the SGPC publication department, had disclosed the disappearance of 'saroops' from the records.

SGPC senior vice-president Rajinder Singh Mehta said Kanwaljit had drafted an official note on February 20, stating 80 'saroops' were damaged in the fire that occurred in May 2016, and got it endorsed from former chief secretary Dr Roop Singh and a secretary so that these could be adjusted in the record. "The exercise was devised to cover up the discrepancy in records but could not fructify due to lockdown restrictions," Mehta said.

Kanwaljit could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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