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Akal Takht to Sarnas: Withdraw court case on Sikh memorial

Akal Takht to Sarnas: Withdraw court case on Sikh memorial

Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh on Friday directed former president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi president Paramjit Singh Sarna and his relative Manjit Singh Sarna to “immediately take back the court case” challenging the proposed memorial dedicated to victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

They were also directed to hold Akhand Path at Gurdawara Rakab Ganj in memory of those killed in the riots,organise langar (free community kitchen),perform sewa (service),listen to Gurbani and get an ardas (prayer) done for the mistakes made by them.

The Sarnas had moved court against construction of the memorial in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib. Their contention is that the historical importance of the Gurdwara would be undermined as it is already dedicated to Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib. They appeared for a hearing before the five Sikh high priests this morning and submitted a seven-page explanation signed by Paramjit Singh Sarna. Among other things,Sarna underlined that he was never against construction of the memorial,but only wanted it at another place.

As the Akal Takht chief pronounced his order,Paramjit Sarna almost broke down. Fighting back tears he said he would abide by the Akal Takht’s directions but maintained that “I have committed no religious violation.”

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Moments before Harvinder Singh Sarna told journalists that the Sikh clergy “could not tell us what mistake we had committed”. Harvinder said nothing could be proved against them as they had not committed any religious violation nor hurt anyone’s feelings. He,however,said,the directions from Akal Takht would be honoured “as per our religious traditions”.

Asked whether the directions should be construed as punishment,Giani Gurbachan Singh stressed that Sarnas had been asked to “perform religious service”.