AMRITSAR SAHIB—The Investigation Committee appointed by SGPC has failed to submit its report on guilty Akali leaders who sought support from Dera Sacha Sauda ahead of the Punjab 2017 assembly elections. SGPC was directed by Giani Gurbachan Singh to trace out names of such Akali leaders who visited the dera and violating the sacred decree of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib of socially boycotting Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
Notably, the SGPC was directed to investigate the matter by SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.
SGPC President Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar had appointed a three member committee comprising of its Senior Vice President Baldev Singh Kiampuri, General Secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla and Executive member Gurcharan Singh Grewal on February 7. The Investigation Committee was asked to submit its report before February 14.
On being contacted by Sikh24, the SGPC President Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar said that the probing committee didn’t submit its report and if the committee would want extension in its time period then the matter might be considered. He refused to provide information about the meeting with Sukhbir Badal earlier this week where he had directed SGPC to delay the investigations.
Committee member Gurcharan Singh Grewal said that the issue needs to be handled with extreme care as it was a sensitive in nature. “We are still working to finding out all the names,” he told sikh24.
SGPC President Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar had met with Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal and several other senior Akali officials on February 12. The meeting was held to discuss various issues facing the party, including visit of Akali leaders to Dera Sacha Sauda before the elections. Sources had revealed that Sukhbir Badal had told Prof. Badungar to put aside the investigation for some time so that the Delhi Gurdwara elections could pass by.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee’s election is slated to be take place on February 26 and Akali Dal (Badal) leaders in Delhi are facing wrath of Sikh Sangat for taking support from Sacha Sauda before 2017 elections in Punjab.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org