Navjot Singh Sidhu Seeks Excommunication of Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal: TOI - Highlights by: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

1. “Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu approached the Akal Takht seeking the excommunication of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal: Mr Sidhu, in his four page memorandum written in Punjabi, requested the Jathedar to summon the father-son duo at Akal Takht”.



2. Navjot Sidhu Seeks Excommunication (Excommunication from Sikhism implies expulsion from the socio-religious order of the faith. The five head priests led by the Akal Takht Jathedar pronounce such an order) Of Ex-Chief Minister From Sikh Faith: Navjot Singh Sidhu also alleged that Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal influenced the Jathedar of the Akal Takht to pardon Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a blasphemy case. All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: September 14, 2018 23:34 IST



3. Mr Sidhu also alleged that Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal-- former deputy chief minister and the president of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-- influenced the Jathedar of the Akal Takht to pardon Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a blasphemy case to garner votes of the Dera followers. However, the edict granting pardon to the controversial Dera chief, who is currently lodged in a jail in Rohtak, Haryana, was later annulled by the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of Sikhs. Mr Sidhu in his personal capacity as a Sikh submitted a memorandum at the secretariat of the Takht demanding excommunication of Badals for hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community.NDTV



4. “Navjot Singh Sidhu seeks excommunication of Parkash Singh Badal, son Sukhbir from Sikh community: In a four-page letter to the Akal Takht written in Punjabi, Sidhu requested the high priest to summon both Badals to Akal Takht and take action against them according to Sikh traditions”: THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS



5. “By GS Paul: Tribune News Service: Amritsar, September 14, 2018: Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday approached Akal Takht seeking the excommunication of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal from the Sikh faith over their alleged involvement in the police firing on protesters during 2015 protests against incidents of sacrilege in the state, as well as for their “misuse” of the highest Sikh temporal seat for "political motives".



6. Sidhu handed his letter to Jathedar’s assistant at Akal Takht Secretariat because Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh wasn’t available. Later, he was joined by Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar. In his letter, Sidhu accused the Badals of “conniving” with the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect to misuse of the highest Sikh temporal seat and flouting the Akal Takht’s 2007 ‘hukamnama’. He accused Sukhbir Badal—a former home minister of Punjab—of going “soft” on controversial Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and forcing the Akal Takht Jathedar to have him pardoned despite its orders to boycott him for blasphemy.



7. “I approached Akal Takht as a voice of the Sikh community whose sentiments were hurt due to desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the police shooting of peaceful protestors and the belittlement of the institution of Akal Takht to please the Dera Sirsa head. These misadventures were designed by then chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, and his son, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, for votes. Who are they (Badals) to summon Takht Jathedars at chief minister’s house to direct them to exonerate the Dera Sirsa cult?





8. I have urged Jathedar to pronounce an exemplary punishment of excommunication to father-son duo in the interest of the Sikh Panth,” he said, accusing the Badals, chiefly Sukhbir Badal, of having struck a multi-crore deal with Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, whose pardon came days before his movie ‘MSG-2’ was release. Jakhar, meanwhile, said that while Sidhu pursued religious punishments, the Congress party would take legal recourse. Whether Jathedar would acknowledge Sidhu’s appeal remains to be seen. Sukhbir Badal has been accused of forcing Akal Takht to pardon the Dera chief in return for the latter’s support in last year's Assembly elections.



9. A report by the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) commission recently indicted Chief Minister Prakash Badal for having ordered police to fire at protesters at Kotkapura during anti-sacrilege protests of 2015. Sukhbir Badal has rejected the report. Refereed: Sidhu approaches Akal Takht to have Badals ‘excommunicated’: The Tribune, Chandigarh; The Tribune, Chandigarh; Updated: Sep 15, 2018, 2:16 AM (IST)- Sidhu asks Akal Takht to excommunicate Badals: Accuses them of conniving with Sirsa dera, undermining clergy’s authority: The Tribune, Chandigarh; Updated: Sep 15, 2018, 1:51 AM (IST)



10. Navjot Sidhu urges Akal Takht to excommunicate Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir: The minister says the ‘Faqr-e-Quam’ award conferred on former CM should also be taken back for “deceiving Sikh community” PUNJAB Updated: Sep 15, 2018 09:07 IST: HT Correspondent Hindustan Times, Amritsar AND Excommunicate Badals: Sidhu to Akal Takht: Saturday, 15 September 2018 | PNS | Chandigarh/Amritsar



11. FULL TEXT OF SCANNED-IMAGE OF LETTER IN PUNJABI BY: Navjot Singh Sidhu for Seeking Excommunication of Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal: http://www.thekhalsa.org/frame.php?path=342&article=17926

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Navjot Singh Sidhu Seeks Excommunication of Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal: TOI

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