SGPC secretary Roop Singh had also claimed that while the Army had written to SGPC that it had returned all articles seized in 1984 to police and SGPC, it was still expecting return of “at least 307 hand-written Birs of Guru Granth Sahib and 11,107 books”.
The Sikh body, sources said, was not expecting any opposition to movie from any sub-committee member. Meanwhile, the date for another meeting is yet to be fixed. The movie directed by the Vinod Lanjewar is set to release on June 5.
"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.”