Former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief secretary Harcharan Singh died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 75.
A former banker, Singh worked with The Indian Express from 2000 to 2015 and was Director (Corporate) and Group Financial Advisor.
He started his career as a probationary officer with a public sector bank in 1969 and retired as its general manager in 2000.
He also did a stint as director of the Punjab Small Scale Industries and Export Corporation.
Singh was the first full time secretary appointed by the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in 2015, a move widely seen as an effort to run the organisation in a more professional and transparent manner.
At that time, Singh also enjoyed the confidence of then Punjab deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
However, Singh did not complete the three-year contract with the SGPC and resigned on July 28, 2017, a month after ideologue Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s son Ishar Singh and former Akal Takht Jathedar Jasbir Singh Rode demanded his expulsion from the SGPC executive committee. He had also developed differences with the then SGPC president Kirpal Singh Bandugar.
Later, Singh went on to write a tell-all book on the committee, titled, “Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee di Vartman Stithi” (Present condition of the SGPC)”. It documented the alleged irregularities in the cash-rich body and the control wielded by the Badal family.
Singh was in the SGPC office when Akal Takht first granted pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim and then revoked it. His book sheds light on the alleged role played by the Badals in this episode.
Singh is survived by his wife Dalwinder Kaur and daughter Nimrata Kaur.
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