Ex-Jatehdar asked to appear before Akal Takht over `blasphemy`

Last Updated: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 23:08

Amritsar: A meeting of Sikh clergy today
asked former Akal Takht Jatehdar, Darshan Singh, to appear
before it on January 29 in connection with his alleged
blasphemous remarks against Guru Gobind Singh in the US.

Jatehdar Gurbachan Singh told reporters that Darshan was
granted one more chance to appear before Akal Takht, though he
failed to be present against its order, sources said.

On December 5, in an edict issued by the clergy, Darshan
was asked to appear in person today to accept religious

Darshan was demanding that the clergy should hear his
clarification in full public view, whereas, the former
preferred an in-camera meeting.

He was declared Tankhaiya (guilty of religious
misconduct) due to his non-appearance at Akal Takht (the
highest temporal seat of Sikh) over his alleged blasphemous
remarks against the Tenth Sikh Guru.

Darshan, a renowned Sikh scholar, was the Jathedar
during the peak days of militancy in 1986.

Last month`s order had advised the community not to
entertain him unless Darshan appears before Akal Takht.


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First Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 23:08

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