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India Akal Takht Intervenes To Check Factionalism In Chief Khalsa Diwan


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Factions in the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) have called a temporary truce on the intervention of the Akal Takht, Sikhism’s highest temporal seat. This is not the first time that the Takht has had to intervene in the affairs of the Diwan, which is one of Sikhism’s most important bodies and runs schools and colleges.

The Diwan’s factions are led by its chief Charanjit Singh Chadha and Secretary Bhagh Singh Ankhi. The Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh met both the factions separately and issued orders to them to forget their differences and work for the betterment of the organisation. In 2004 also the two groups were on a war path and the Takht intervened to bring them to the table. “They cannot denigrate the great institution by fighting amongst themselves. They will have to show restraint,” said Giani Gurbachan Singh, adding that the Takht was closely watching the developments in the Diwan.

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It was Ankhi who first made serious allegations of diversion of funds by Chadha. However, Chadha claimed he had only rationalised the accounts and the money was being used for the betterment of hundreds of orphans at the CKD-run orphanage at Putlighar.

Then Ankhi alleged that Chadha and his men in the executive committee were unilaterally trying to change a clause in the constitution to enhance the tenure of the President to five years from three years at present. Chadha said that though he had been asked by the Akal Takht not to speak to the media, the proposal regarding increase in the president’s tenure was made after consultation with Ankhi.

“We do not understand why a hue and cry is being made now,” said sources close to Chadha, who refused to comment on the Takht’s directions.


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