Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Video row: SGPC chief urges Takht to take ac­tion against Cha­ran­jit Chadha

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AMRITSAR : Break­ing its si­lence ap­par­ently on the video row in­volv­ing Cha­ran­jit Singh Chadha, the since-ousted pres­i­dent of Chief Khalsa Di­wan (CKD), the Shi­ro­mani Gu­rud­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee (SGPC) on Tues­day urged the Akal Takht, the high­est tem­po­ral seat of Sikhs, to take ac­tion against him.

In a res­o­lu­tion passed dur­ing its sec­ond ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing since Gobind Singh Lon­gowal took over as pres­i­dent, the SGPC did not name Chadha, whose son has com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter the con­tro­versy. It read: “Be­cause of im­moral acts done by some Sikh lead­ers dur­ing the re­cent time, the dig­nity of Sikhs has been de­mol­ished and it has also im­posed a bad im­pact on the minds of chil­dren and youth.”

Later, at a first press con­fer­ence when Lon­gowal was asked about the Chadha case, he said: “We have passed a res­o­lu­tion in this re­gard and a press note will be sent soon.”

The press note fur­ther quoted the res­o­lu­tion, “In the world his­tory, Sikhs oc­cu­pied a unique place of dis­tinc­tion due to their high char­ac­ter strength and by the virtue of their vir­tu­ous life­style, but the in­ci­dents that have oc­curred have less­ened the shine.”

The SGPC thus urged the jathedar of the Takht, Giani Gur­bachan Singh, that “for tak­ing the dig­nity of Sikhs at such a po­si­tion where it was ear­lier, he should put make spe­cial ef­forts and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against all those who try to ruin the dig­nity of Sikhism”.

Although Giani Gur­bachan Singh had sum­moned Chadha two days af­ter the video clip in which he is seen with a wo­man prin­ci­pal went vi­ral, no date was men­tioned. On Jan­uary 10, he again sum­moned Chadha to ap­pear dur­ing the clergy’s meet­ing sched­uled for Jan­uary 23.

Af­ter a 14-year run as CKD chief, Chadha was ex­pelled even from pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which runs more than 50 schools and other in­sti­tu­tions, as he was booked for sex­ual ha­rass­ment and crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion in the last week of De­cem­ber.

ON RECRUITMEN­TS

Mean­while, among other de­ci­sions at the meet­ing, the SGPC chief said: “For sort­ing out all is­sues per­tain­ing to the Sikhs com­mu­nity, I will meet with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh.”

He fur­ther said that for more trans­parency in the work­ing of the SGPC, he has con­sti­tuted a sub-com­mit­tee which will pre­pare a new plan for recruitmen­ts and propo­si­tions of em­ploy­ees. It will also probe al­le­ga­tions of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in recruitmen­ts made dur­ing the ten­ure of Kir­pal Singh Ban­dugar, the SGPC chief said.

The com­mit­tee also gave the green sig­nal to in­creas­ing the dear­ness al­lowance for em­ploy­ees.

ON GURU NANAK BIRTH AN­NIVER­SARY

The SGPC chief said it has de­cided to or­gan­ise a dharam par­char lehar (re­li­gious prop­a­ga­tion wave) to mark the 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru of Sikhs. He said though the day will be ob­served in 2019, the SGPC will soon start re­li­gious pro­grammes at Nankana Sahib (Pak­istan), Sul­tan­pur Lodhi (Ka­purthala), Dera Baba Nanak (Gur­daspur) and at Gur­d­wara Dera Sahib (Tarn Taran) in this re­gard.

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