AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—After the SGPC appointed Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh refused to participate in meeting of Takht Jathedars at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, he has now come out in an open revoult against Sukhbir Badal. Giani Gurmukh Singh has blamed Sukhbir Badal for staging the apology for Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
Interacting with media, Giani Gurmukh Singh excused that the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars always take decisions under political influence and he doesn’t want to be a part of it. ‘I had requested Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to hold the meeting at Sri Akal Takht Sahib as per the practice followed since the times of the sixth Sikh master but it didn’t accept it. So, my conscience pricked me and I decided to disassociate myself from it’ he added.
He further claimed that he had been asking the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh from more than one and half year to relieve him from his post as he couldn’t bear mental burden anymore.
Sikh24 has learnt that the SGPC officials and other SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars tried to convince him to attend meeting but he didn’t give up. At last, the SGPC officials replaced him with additional Head Granthi of Sri Harmandir Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh. Bhai Gurmukh Singh remained at Sri Akal Takht Sahib during whole meeting.
It may be recalled here that earlier Giani Gurmukh Singh had earlier also raised objections over the closed meetings of SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars. Upset over the allegations of acting as a middleman to facilitate pardon to Sirsa cult Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, he had sought constitution of a ‘Maryada Committee’ to probe the entire episode of granting pardon to Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim by the Takht Jathedars on Speptember24, 2015.