New Delhi: Akal Takhat -- the apex decision
making body in the Sikh religion -- today asked senior lawyer
H S Phoolka, who announced withdrawing from all the 1984
anti-Sikh riots cases, to continue appearing on behalf of
Phoolka had yesterday decided to withdraw from all the
riot cases following allegations of "personal benefits"
levelled against him by President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara
Management Committee (DSGMC).
"I was telephoned by Jathedar Gyani Gurbachan Singh from
Amritsar, who directed me to continue appearing on behalf of
the victims and pursue the riots cases," he said.
He claimed the President of DSGMC has been summoned before
the Akal Takhat on July 26.
Phoolka, in an SMS sent to reporters last night, had
conveyed his decision to withdraw from all anti-Sikh riots
"I am constrained to take a hard decision to withdraw from
all the cases of 1984 riots in view of a statement made by the
Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee.
"I have not charged a single penny for the (riots) cases
but now even near clerical expenses incurred by the Gurudwara
Committee are termed as wastage," Phoolka had said.
I am forced to take this drastic step because these
allegations have immensely disturbed me, he had said.
Phoolka has been on the forefront of raising a banner of
support for the riots victims during judicial proceedings.
He has been appearing on behalf of the victims in riots
cases filed against senior Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and