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Act against JJP leader Nishan for hurting sentiments: Akal Takht He Equated Sirsa Dera Chief With Sikh Guru, Jathedar Tells SGPC

April 25, 2019 05:46 AM


Act against JJP leader Nishan for hurting sentiments: Akal Takht
He Equated Sirsa Dera Chief With Sikh Guru, Jathedar Tells SGPC


Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Wednesday directed the SGPC to file a case against Jannayak Janata Dal (JJP) Haryana president Nishan Singh for allegedly hurting Sikh sentiments by equating the Dera Sacha Sauda chief with Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh.

Singh had allegedly made the remarks while addressing a function at Tohana in Fatehabad district of Haryana on Sunday. A video circulating on social media shows him campaigning for his party’s Sirsa candidate, and comparing Sirsa dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to Jesus Christ, Greek scholar Socrates and Guru Gobind Singh. He is heard saying: “They also had to suffer for justice... similarly Ram Rahim is also targeted due to political conspiracies. May be, God has assigned him some duty in jail and he would improve the lives of people there as well. I have come here to pay obeisance to my guru... ‘Jo mangai thakur apnai te soi soi dewai’ (a verse from page 681 of Guru Granth Sahib meaning that God gives us all that we want).”

“His utterings have hurt the Sikh religious sentiments. We (Sikh clerics) have directed the SGPC to file a case against him under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code,” the jathedar said.

He also cautioned political leaders, saying they should exercise restraint while addressing political rallies so as not to hurt the sentiments of any community.

Asked about the controversy, the JJP leader claimed his remarks had been misinterpreted to create a controversy. “Still, if someone is feeling hurt, I apologize. If it is proved after ‘scientific examination’ that the video (of my speech) is not edited, I am ready to face any punishment,” he said.

Fatehabad district election officer Dhirendra Khadgata said he had received a complaint. “If someone makes the video available, then a forensic examination will be done to ascertain that it has not been edited,” he said.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Sikhs from Dera Baba Nanak submitted a written complaint at the Akal Takht secretariat against Akali leader Sucha Singh Langah for speaking from political stages despite ban by the Akal Takht. Langah was excommunicated from the panth by the Sikh clergy in 2017, a week after he was booked for raping a woman. A baptised Sikh, Langah was booked for rape, extortion and criminal intimidation at the Gurdaspur City police station after a woman complained that he had been raping her since 2009

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