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SGPC panel on ‘ardas’ submits report, verdict on January 8

Bathinda:The three-member probe committee formed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to look into the controversial ‘ardas’ issue involving senior Shiromani Akali Dal member and Cabinet minister Sikandar Singh Maluka on Sunday submitted its report to the SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar.

Baba Buta Singh a member of the committee disclosed that the committee had summoned Maluka for his explanation on Saturday after which the report was finalised. Other two members of the committee were Mohan Singh Bangi and Amarjit Singh Chawla.

It is reliably learnt that Maluka explained to the probe committee that the ‘Ramanya Patth’ followed by the ‘ardas’ was organised by the office bearers of the alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and he just attended the religious ceremony and had no role in recitation of the ‘ardas.’

Maluka is reported to have admitted that when he heard the ‘ardas’ he felt that there was something wrong, but remained mum as it could have sparked Hindu, Sikh feud.

Maluka further explained to the committee that he was fully devoted to the Akal Takht and was ready to undergo punishment (Tankha) as ordered by the Jathedar of Akal Takht.

Rocky Kansal, a close aide of Maluka had earlier told Daily Post that the controversial ‘ardas’ was being practiced since long and Allahabad University had been approached for evidence.

Sources in the SGPC disclosed that the inquiry report had reached Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh who had called a meeting of all the five Jathedars to discuss the issue.

SGPC sources said that the Jathedars of the five Takhts would deliver verdict on January 8.

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