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Panj Pyaras: No word from SGPC, stand by call to sack high priests

Panj Pyaras Mangal Singh and Tarlok Singh said they had no information about the revocation of their suspension.

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Members of the Sant Samaj and other Sikh groups read out the resolutions during the bhog ceremony of the two killed in police firing at Bargari in Faridkot. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar Sunday said the SGPC has revoked the suspension of Panj Pyaras (the five beloved of the Guru) who had summoned the Sikh high priests to clarify pardoning of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The Panj Pyaras had also later directed the SGPC to terminate the services of the five Sikh high priests.

Makkar said the Panj Pyaras have now been transferred to other duties in the organisation.

Till the filing of this report, Panj Pyaras were not aware of the move  even as Makkar said they have been “reinstated unconditionally”.

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“Panj Pyaras have been reinstated unconditionally. The issue has been settled amicably after a meeting with them. They will now work with Dharam Parchar Committee of SGPC,” Makkar said over the phone to The Indian Express.

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Makkar parried queries on the Panj Pyaras directions to the SGPC to terminate the services of the five Sikh high priests.

“We have had no meeting with the SGPC president or any other SGPC officials. There is no intimation to us that our suspension has  been revoked. Our directions to the SGPC stand; it is for the SGPC to take a call on that,”one of the Panj Pyaras, Major Singh, told The Indian Express over the phone on Sunday evening.

Panj Pyaras Mangal Singh and Tarlok Singh, too, said they had no information about the revocation of their suspension.

“There is no intimation to us, either in writing or verbally, about the SGPC revoking our suspension,” they said.
Panj Pyara Satnam Singh said, “We are in the middle of a meeting at a gurdwara. We have had no meeting with SGPC president.”

The suspension of Panj Pyaras had invited sharp criticism from various sections of the community. Even the SGPC executive members, during a recent meeting in Chandigarh, had expressed displeasure over their suspension.

Amritsar district (urban) president of Shiromani Akali Dal Upkar Sandhu had Saturday resigned from the party and as Punjab Energy Development Agency chairman to lodge his protest against the suspension of Panj Pyaras and desecration incidents.