Past the Punjab state assembly elections, the Sikh political leaders of the various constituency have come under the scanner of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for taking undue support from the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda to contest elections.
After a thorough investigation, the top clergies of SGPC has come up with a list of 44 Sikh leaders who were involved with the Dera and have been asked to appear in front of the Akal Takth on April 17 to give away their clarifications. The Sikh Gurdwara body has issued two separate lists of defaulters, one has the list of leaders who had gone to Dera Sacha Sauda and another one with the names of those were present in the workers meeting in the Dera headquaters in Sirsa.
Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar of Akal Takht has released the list of Sikh leaders (29 from SAD, 14 of Congress and one of AAP) who are at fault.
Sikh leaders who took Dera help
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal
Sadhu Singh Dharamsot
Khushbaz Singh Jattana
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
Narinder Singh Sandha
Sikander Singh Maluka
Janmeja Singh Sekhon
Parminder Singh Dhindsa
Surjit Singh Rakhra
Role of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)
Previous to this, ‘jahtedars’ were appointed by the Sarbat Khalsa to issue the list of Sikhs for violating 2007 directives of the Akal Takht. That time also the list had a total of 39 names of the leaders, maximum of 27 from SAD, 11 from the Congress and one from AAP.
Source: Times of India