AMRITSAR: Holding Punjab minister Sikander Singh Maluka guilty of religious misconduct, the Sikh high priests awarded him ‘tankhah’. The minister has been asked to perform hour-long “sewa” at the Joda Ghar and Langar Hall of the Golden Temple for three days and deposit Rs 51,000 in Akal Takht’s ‘golak’.
He will also undertake “sewa” for a day at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, and deposit Rs 31,000 in the gurdwara ‘golak’. On completion of the ‘tankhah’, he will perform ‘ardas’ to seek atonement.
Maluka was summoned by Akal Takht for distortion of ‘ardas’ during the opening of his election office at Rampura Phul after a video of the event, with a priest chanting Ramayana ‘shlokas’ in the imitation of ‘ardas’, went viral on the social media. A probe panel was set up. It held Maluka accountable.
As two SGPC members were also present on the occasion, Akal Takht chief Jathedar Gurbachan Singh has reportedly asked the SGPC chief to “procure the entire video clip and identify those present at the function”.
Maluka said he would abide by the Akal Takht directions. He and SGPC member from Bathinda Major Singh had both sent a clarification to the probe panel. Giani Gurbachan Singh said: “Major Singh submitted an apology to Akal Takht, but no clean chit has been given to anyone present at the event.”
Those anointed “Jathedars” by radical Sikhs too have asked Maluka to appear before Akal Takht on January 9.
Meanwhile, a five-member committee will scrutinise the “objectionable references” pertaining to Sikhism in books written by Harjinder Singh Dilgir.
Those on the committee are Dr Roop Singh, secretary, SGPC; Harbhajan Singh Manawa, additional secretary, Dharam Parchar Committee; Dr Inderjit Singh Gogoani, Partap Singh and Harsimran Singh.
(Courtesy: The Tribune)