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India Akal Takht Warns Against Arrest Of Jathedar Takht Damdama Sahib


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Haryana court issues warrants against Sikh Jathedar, Akal Takht warns against arrest

AMRITSAR: A court in Haryana has issued non-bailable warrants against Jatehdar of Takht Damdama Sahib Balwant Singh Nandgarh. Takht Damdama falls in Talwandi Sabo town of Bathinda district in Punjab. So far no Sikh Jathedar had ever appeared before any court of law in his official capacity.

Jatehdar Akal Takht Gyani Gurbachan Singh talking to Punjabnewsline.com here today said, “Nandgarh would never appear in the court law in the capacity of Jatehdar Takht Damdama Sahib. Since, so far, no serving Jatehdar ever appeared in any of the worldly court. Moreover, no worldly court is above Akal Takht the highest Sikh Temporal Seat”.

Adding further, Gyani Gurbachan Singh said, “If Haryana police comes at Takht Talwandi Sabo, in such circumstances, the entire Sikh community would stand by Nandgarh at the time of arrest. It is not as easy as Haryana police thinks”.

Gyani Gurbachan Singh said that a complaint against Jatehdar Nandgarh was filed in the State of Haryana by one of the follower of Dera Sacha Sauda Sect falsely with the allegation that sentiments of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda Sect were hurt during religious discourse of Nandgarh.

Gyani Gurbachan Singh extending support to Nandgarh, said that he had never uttered anything wrong but whatever he had said was right as per the Sikh religious rituals and community always stands with him.

This is not first time wherein such situation occurred for the Sikh Community as well for Jatehdar Akal Takht, as earlier in 1980 Jathedar Akal Takht Amritsar Gurdial Singh Ajnoha was summoned in the court but he didn’t appeared in the court of law keeping in view the respect of highest Sikh temporal seat, and at last complainant himself had withdrawn his complaint and case was dismissed.

Second time, once Bhai Ranjit Singh Jatehdar of Akal Takht was also asked to appear in the court when he had come out from bars after spending 14 years for assassinating the chief of Narnkari Sect Baba Gurbachan Singh, but when final Session Court verdict was pronounced, he was asked to face eight months more jail, but Bhai Ranjit Singh had out rightly rejected the court order by saying he would neither appear in the court nor surrender to go jail. Then Chief minister of Punjab himself Parkash Singh Badal, alongwith other Akali stalwarts including Surjit Singh Barnala, then SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Torha met the then Prime minister I.K. Gujral who took up the case before president whereupon his rest of the sentence was condoned. Ranjit Singh on April 24, 1980, had shot dead the then head of the Mission Baba Gurbachan Singh.

Third time, Gyani Kewal Singh Jatehdar of Takht Damdama Sahib Predecessor of Nandgarh was booked in murder case of her daughter-in-law was also slapped murder case and asked to appear in the court. At That time Kewal Singh appeared in the court and faced trial in the court but after tendering his resignation from post of Jatehdar. But later he was acquitted by the court of law




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