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SGPC forms three-member panel to probe Maluka case

Bathinda: Following the directions of Akal Takht, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Prof Badungar on Wednesday formed a three-member panel to probe allegations of blasphemy levelled against Cabinet Minister Sikander Singh Maluka.

SGPC Vice President Baba Buta Singh, SGPC General Secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla and SGPC member from Bathinda Jathedar Mohan Singh Bangi are the panellists, as learnt.

The committee is supposed to submit its report in two weeks after going through the full video of the function where it is alleged that a Hindu priest distorted the Sikh Ardas after the bhog of Ramayana path during the opening of Maluka’s election office in Rampura held on Monday.

It is pertinent to mention that after the video of the event came in social domain, the matter reached with Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh. On watching the clip, the jathedar prima facie found it the “imitation” of Sikh Ardas and termed it “very unfortunate.”

As the jathedar directed that the SGPC chief “must procure the entire video and also identify all the persons present during the function”, a number of Sikh people including two SGPC members marked their presence in the religious event and posed with Maluka have started efforts to save their skin. If one member claimed that “hurt” on witnessing all this he had left the place and another came with a version that he was also one of the complainants against the “unfortunate” happening.

One Baba Hardeep Singh Mehraj in a written complaint to Bathinda police stated, “In the video, the prayer, though recited as per the tenets of Hindu religion, it is similar to the way ‘ardas’ in Sikhism. After the ‘ardas’ if Sikhs raise a slogan of ‘Bole So Nihal’, here is was Jai Shri Ram but in the same fashion as Sikhs do.”

He saw it a gesture of Maluka to please the Hindu voters, which otherwise hurt the sentiments of Sikh community.

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