Offence criminal, not religious: Members - ECAS Punjab

Offence criminal, not religious: Members

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 20

Expressing dissatisfaction with the SGPC's 'inaction' against its officials and staff members allegedly involved in the misappropriation of 328 'saroops', five senior SGPC members, including SAD (Democratic) leader Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, today urged Akal Takht's officiating Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh to refrain from entertaining SGPC's proposal of deciding punishment for the culprits.

In the backdrop, the SGPC, through its Dharam Parchar Committee, had re-approached the Akal Takht on October 14, requesting it to pronounce 'exemplary punishment'.

Sekhwan argued that since the misappropriation of 'saroops' also involved embezzlement of money in the form of 'bheta' incurred by issuing the 'saroops' unauthorisedly, criminal proceedings should be initiated, not religious punishment.

"Embezzlement of money cannot be termed as a religious matter. It is a criminal offence. We have submitted a joint application to the Akal Takht to keep aside the SGPC's proposal. It was the liability of the SGPC to register a police complaint in the case of disappearance of 'saroops'," he said. The SGPC executive, in its meeting on August 27, had favoured initiating criminal action but withdrew the proposal on September 5 with an excuse that no external authority could be allowed to interfere in SGPC's religious affairs.

from The Tribune

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