All the Panj Pyare, except one, have been dismissed as per new reports from internal sources. It is notable that the meeting was called by the SGPC President Avtar Makkar to deliberate upon how to tackle the situation raised after the ultimatum served by Panj Pyars to formally sack Takht Jathedars by January 2.
Addressing media inside the Darbar Sahib complex, SGPC President Avtar Makkar said that the Panj Pyare have been dismissed after observing irregularities in their services. He said that the Panj Pyare are “recruited for baptism” and to preach Sikhism but by issuing a decree to the SGPC, they have crossed their jurisdiction.
He added that Panj Payre are concerned with the Dharam Prachar Committee and they have nothing to do with SGPC.
Talking with Sikh24 correspondents, SGPC’s executive member Karnail Singh Panjoli said that the move was taken after thoroughly deliberating on the situation. He said that the dismissal was necessary as if they hadn’t taken this step Panj Pyare of other Takhts might also do the same in future. He added that Takht Jathedars have lost their credibility in Sikh masses so they ought to be removed as soon as possible.
After dismissing the Panj Pyare with majority of 11:4, Avtar Makkar stated that the Panj Pyare won’t be allowed to enter Sri Darbar Sahib on January 2 to address their next deliberation as promised. He hinted that the SGPC task force deployed inside the Darbar Sahib complex wouldn’t let them enter.
Sikh24 has learnt that two out of 15 SGPC executive members clearly condemned the proposal of suspending the Panj Pyare and threatened to walk out from the meeting. Two others also opposed the move while 11, including Karnail Singh Panjoli, endorsed the move.
On being contacted by Sikh24 correspondents, Bhai Satnam Singh Khanda,one of the Pyare, said the five were firm on their decision to order the SGPC executives to dismiss Takht Jathedars responsible for granting a pardon to Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
He also clarified that Bhai Major Singh of the five has already been made to retire from his services, which is why the SGPC’s executives have only announced a suspension of only four of the Pyare.