AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—Sikh Sangat of the East Coast has approached the Sarbat Khalsa 2015 appointed Takht Jathedars regarding violation of Amrit Sanchar Maryada at a Gurdwara Sahib in Virginia. At the Gurdwara Sahib in Virginia, which is managed by Central Sikh Mission of America, the Granthi named Kuldeep Singh had tampered the tradition of Amrit Sanchaar.
Kuldeep Singh and others organized amrit sanchar without reading 3 of the 5 amrit sanchaar banis. This incident took place on April 14.
Gurpreet Singh, a Sikh from Virginia told Sikh24 that him, along with local Sikhs from other cities in the East Coast have complained about the incident to the Sarbat Khalsa Jathedars. “We have sent a written complaint and sent messages to the Jathedars to resolve the issue. We understand that they under a lot of Government pressure, however issue needs to be resolved once and for all,” Gurdeep Singh said.
The violation of Sikh code of conduct was also brought in notice of Sri Akal Takht Sahib. Acting on information provided by Bhai Paramjit Singh Khalsa of the International Sikh Federation, on June 4, the Badal appointed Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh issued an edict excommunicating five US resident Sikhs responsible for tampering the amrit sanchar mayada.
Names of the excommunicated are Kuldeep Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Amarjit Singh, Rajinder Singh and Amarjit Singh Narula.
While excommunicating Virginia Sikhs, at the same time, Giani Gurbachan Singh commuted the punishment of Ragi Bhai Balbir Singh from lifetime ban on Kirtan to listening or performing ‘Sehaj Path’ and cleaning utensils at any Gurdwara Sahib for 10 days.
It is pertinent to note here that Ragi Bhai Balbir Singh had recited Gurbani scripts to praise Noormehal Cult Chief Ashutosh. The video had surfaced online following which ban on his Kirtan was imposed for lifetime.