Amritsar, Oct 12 (PTI) Tempers ran high here today after an SGPC taskforce forcibly evicted the Chhota Ghallughara Gurdwara managing committee president from the complex of the Akal Takht – the highest temporal seat of the Sikh community.
Johar Singh had come to the Akal Takht to appear before ‘parallel jathedars’, who had summoned him to clarify his stand in connection with an alleged religious misconduct at the gurdwara in Gurdaspur in August.
On August 1, a senior functionary of the Chhota Ghallughara Trust was allegedly caught with a woman in a compromising position at the gurdwara. Being the head of the Trust, Johar Singh was summoned to explain why he did not take action against his colleague.
But when he reached there, the SGPC taskforce and SGPC employees asked Johar Singh to vacate the Akal Takht complex.
When he resisted, the taskforce forcibly evicted him out of the complex, saying he could not appear before parallel Akal Takht jathedar Dhian Singh Mand.
Later, addressing reporters outside the Golden Temple, Johar Singh accused the SGPC employees of manhandling him.
Akal Takht jathedars Dhian Singh Mand, Amrik Singh Ajnala and Baljit Singh Daduwal said Johar Singh appeared before them and he was awarded punishment to clean shoes, utensils, and listen to religious hymns for seven days in the Temple.
Dhian Singh Mand said they were the real jathedars as they were appointed by Sarbat Khalsa, which had removed the present Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.
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