In Gurmeet Ram Rahim Pardon Row, Sikh Body Dismisses Panj Pyare

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In Gurmeet Ram Rahim Pardon Row, Sikh Body Dismisses Panj Pyare

The Panj Pyare of Akal Takht had asked SGPC executives to sack Takht Jathedars of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Sri Damdama Sahib and Sri Kesgarh Sahib by January 2.

Amritsar:  The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee or SGPC which manages Sikh shrines has dismissed the remaining of the four Panj Pyaras, a day after the fifth Panj Pyara resigned.

The dismissed Panj Pyaras had demanded the removal of three takht jathedars or head priests involved in giving clemency to Sirsa Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan in a blasphemy case.

Panj Pyaras, or the five beloved ones, are chosen by SGPC to perform important ceremonies and to decide issues confronting a local community.

SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar had convened an emergency meeting of the executive committee in Amritsar today to discuss the ultimatum given by the Panj Pyaras to remove three takht jathedars.

The Panj Pyare of Akal Takht had asked SGPC executives to sack Takht Jathedars of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Sri Damdama Sahib and Sri Kesgarh Sahib by January 2.

They also warned further action against SGPC authorities if they fail to follow their order.

The Panj Pyare had earlier suspended Takht Jathedars on October 23 last year for undermining the supremacy of temporal posts of Sikhism by exonerating Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan from blasphemy charges.

However, the Panj Pyare were later dismissed by the SGPC authorities.

But later in a dramatic turn of events, under immense criticism, the SGPC had to reinstate Panj Pyaras who were transferred out of Punjab but they had refused to comply with the orders.

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