In a fresh twist to tussle over voting rights for the the Sehajdhari Sikhs,the national president of Sehajdhari Sikh Party (SSP),Paramjit Singh Ranu,Thursday alleged that Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar wanted to play friendly (legal) match so as to delay the case in the Supreme Court.
Ranu also claimed that Makkar was in favour of Shejdharis being given voting rights in SGPC elections as his own in-laws and relatives are also Sehajdharis and he is in favour of them (casting their vote.
Ranu claimed that Makkar had met him thrice in Ludhiana and wanted a favour from SSP for delaying the case in Supreme Court as the present scenario suits him.
The SSP chief claimed he had proof of when Makkar offered to pay fee for the lawyers of Sehajdharis so as to fight a friendly match to delay the case in Supreme Court.
However,when contacted,Makkar,rubbished the allegations saying Ranu had nothing to with the issue. Ranu himself is a patit (apostate) and not a Sehajdhari Sikh. His statements do not carry any weight, Makkar said.
The SGPC chief said that Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed the notification of Centre that debarred voting rights of Sehajdhari Sikhs and We have challenged that order in Supreme Court.
Makkar said he never wanted a delay in the case and SGPC always hired top most lawyers for the speedy disposal of cases.
As of now,the elected 170 members of the house are non-functional and the present House is run by 15-member executive committee of the old house headed by Makkar as per the directives of the Supreme Court.