"The security staff at the US Embassy asked Khalsa (Bains' personal assistant) to remove the small kirpan. Khalsa and I objected to this as this is a symbol of faith and not a weapon,” said Simranjeet Singh Bains.
SGPC General Secretary Gurbachan Singh Karmuwala was instrumental in passing the resolution to demolish and reconstruct the entrance. He claimed that oral demand from Sikhs led to this resolution to demolish and reconstruct the building.
"I came to know about it only when Sukhbir Singh Badal called me to his residence in Chandigarh and informed about the plans on the morning of September 24, 2015. I warned him again any such move. I advised him to first consult all Sikh bodies and take them into confidence," said Avtar Singh Makkar.
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal speaks to The Indian Express on silence over the Dera Sacha Sauda link in the report and also claims that Akal Takht head priest admitted before the religious body that his statements against the Badal family on the issue were a “lie”.
Avtar Singh, secretary, SGPC, said, “Controversy over the SC scholarship scheme has badly hurt the financial condition of our colleges. We have been awaiting payment of around Rs 20 crore from the government. It is the fee amount that we didn’t charge SC students in hope that government will pay us.”
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhakh Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday intervened in a case in which the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week allowed two parties to settle a property dispute between them by taking oath at a Gurdwara.
Former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar has written a booklet on the subject of same-sex marriages, which is also available at the SGPC stall outside the Golden Temple. Some 50,000 copies of even this booklet have been published since March 2017.
Many Sikh bodies have been opposing the release of Nanak Shah Fakir, the first movie on the life of the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev. SGPC, the apex religious body of Sikhs, gave approval to the movie when Avtar Makkar was its president.