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India 3 Tried To Sell Off Sikh Holy Book For 20cr

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
3 tried to sell off Sikh holy book for 20cr

Raj Shekhar, TNN | Feb 20, 2012, 05.09AM IST

Three persons have been arrested on charges of trying to sell off an old, hand-written copy of the Guru Granth Sahib - the holy book of the Sikhs - to some persons in the city for Rs 20 crore.

The accused have been identified as Praveen Babbar, who owns a hotel in Karol Bagh; Santosh Singh from Mirzapur, UP; and Kalyaneshwar Gautam from West Champaran in Bihar.

They told cops during interrogation that the copy of the Guru Granth Sahib was 300 years old and they had procured it at Patna Sahib Gurudwara. A police team has been sent to Bihar to investigate the matter, while expert opinion has been sought to find out the historicity of the holy book.

Sources said that the Karol Bagh police had been tipped off about the accused and their bid to sell the book. They learnt that these people were staying at a hotel in Gurgaon and a team was sent to raid the place. But the accused managed to escape.

Later, cops learnt about the involvement of the hotelier, and raided Hotel Rahul Palace in Saraswati Marg, Karol Bagh, and arrested the trio. The copy was found in a hotel room, inside a bag.


Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
Most probabaly why all those Kar sewa babas want all OLD copies for New Copies exchanged....the old Arabian Nights Tale of Alladin and the Lamp....these Babas and their agents roam the world looking for such ancient copies/gutkas etc..and take them away for FREE or threaten you with DISRESPECT for GURU JI..and dire consequences..or will use straight Goonda gardee gangsterism to take away the treasure...This grabbing ahs been going on for more than 30 years..and speeded up after 1984....when the GOI tooka way most of the old handwritten sroops form Sikh museum under guise of fire at the sikh reference library....probably those will be SOLD for private profit as well...

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