AMRITSAR SAHIB—A video showing violation of Sikh Rehat Maryada by Akali leaders has gone viral on social media sites. This video is from year 2008 from the village Rodewal of Distt. Patiala. The video shows various politicians imposing Tilak on Sri Guru Granth Sahib on the occasion of 300th Gurtagaddi Diwas at Gurdwara Baba Biram Dass.
General Secretary of Akali Dal (Badal) and Member Parliament from Sri Anandpur Sahib, Prem S. Chandumajra, Akali leader Surjit Singh Rakhra, former Central Minister Praneet Kaur, Cabinet Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa could be seen performing this ritual. In addition, Panj Pyare are seen placing ‘Naarials’ (coconuts) in front of Guru Granth Sahib. It is notable that politicians also write something on Guru Granth Sahib Ji, however it’s not very clear from the video exactly what is being written.
Sikh24 earlier contacted Chandumajra to get clarification about the incident, he however denied his participation alleging that he doesn’t know whether this was in accordance of Sikh Maryada or not.
Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh has strongly condemned this shameful act of Akali leaders and stated that if the concerned leaders are found guilty of committing sacrilege, they will be summoned to Sri Akal Takht Sahib.