The decision of grant pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief was not taken at my residence: Badal

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Gidderbaha: Former Chief Miister  Punjab Parkash Singh Badal today claimed that it was wrong to say that any decision regarding the grant of pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief was taken at his residence.

Refuting the allegations levelled by former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh, He said he had no role in the removal of Giani Gurmukh Singh, who alleged that the SGPC acted at the behest of its political bosses.

“It is up to the SGPC to remove or appoint Jathedars. I never intervened in its working,” said Badal, who today visited the family of a vendor, Manish Kumar, who had set himself ablaze alleging harassment by aides of Congress MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring.

The SGPC on Sunday relieved Giani Gurmukh Singh as head granthi of the Akal Takht and withdrew his personal secretary and ‘sewadar’. Sources in the SGPC stated that he has been given three days to join Gurdwara Nauwin Patshahi Dhamtan Sahib in Jind, Haryana.

Responding to a query on his joining the Jind gurdwara as head granthi, he said, “The entire SGPC and all gurdwaras are my family and I am ready to go anywhere”.

Bhai Gurmukh Singh said he had not yet received a communiqué in this regard and would consider shifting to Haryana after getting it.

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