Ex-Jatehdar asked to appear before Akal Takht over `blasphemy`
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 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 punishment.

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.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 23:08


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