Under pressure, Akal Takht sets up panel on issue
Under pressure from the Sikh sangat, experts from diverse fields and a cross-section of society over “violation of maryada” during the Ajnala protest, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh today formed a sub-committee to decide whether installation of the “saroop” of Guru Granth Sahib should be allowed at protest sites. The sub-committee, comprising representatives of the Sikh community, religious organisations and Sikh intellectuals, will submit its findings to Akal Takht within a fortnight. The findings will be considered by the five Sikh high priests. Experts from diverse fields have demanded strict action from the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs against “Waris Punjab De” head Amritpal Singh for carrying the “saroop” of Guru Granth Sahib to the Ajnala police station. Netizens termed the incident “sacrilege”. Refusing to issue a separate statement, Harjinder Singh Dhami, SGPC president, said he held a meeting on the issue with the Jathedar of Akal Takht. He said the SGPC would go by the stand of Akal Takht.