Bhattal should appear before Akal Takhat or may face Panthic action: Giani Gurbachan Singh

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Amritsar: SGPC appointed Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal may face Panthic action if she failed to tender an apology before the Takhat for visiting the Sirsa dera for votes last year.

File Photo: Giani Gurbachan Singh

Giani Gurbachan Singh said like other political leaders, Bhattal too would have to abide by the Akal Takhat’s directions for the atonement of her fault.

On April 17 last year, Akal Takhat had awarded ‘tankhah’ to 39 leaders of various political parties after finding them guilty of violating its May 2007 edict to boycott dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh over his alleged impersonation of Guru Gobind Singh.

As many as 10 Congress leaders underwent “tankhah”, but Bhattal and Arjun Badal, son of Cabinet minister Manpreet Badal, failed to turn up at Akal Takht.

While Bhattal reportedly cited health reasons for her not appearing before the Takhat.

Bhattal said she belonged to a ‘secular’ party like Congress whose ideology was to distance itself from any religious front. I bow my head before the supreme temporal seat of Sikhs, but the order in question is a political one.”

Giani Gurbachan Singh said, “Whatever justification Bhattal had with her, she should submit it in writing at Akal Takht as soon as possible. If she fails to comply, she should be ready to face action as per the Sikh principles.

She said, “My colleagues went to serve as per the Akal Takht direction in their individual capacity. I could not appear before the Takht as I was unwell then. I have not decided whether I would go to Akal Takht or not.

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