After a delay of years, finally the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) executive has taken action against its 11 employees and a charted accountant firm in connection with the case of missing ‘saroops’ of Guru Granth Sahib. Though the latest action has come on the orders of Akal Takht, but still SGPC authorities have made junior employees scapegoat to save real culprits, who got it done.
Dismissed include assistant secretary Gurbachan Singh, assistant Jujhar Singh, clerk Baaj Singh, helper Dalbir Singh, Amarjit Singh and sewadar Angitha Sahib, Goindwal Sahib. A criminal case will also be registered against the trio for their role in the case. Apart from it, Manjit Singh, the secretary has been suspended. He is head of Dharam Parchar Committee of the gurdwara body while others are assistant secretary (finance) Satinder Singh, assistant secretary Nishan Singh, publication supervisor Gurmukh Singh, in-charge Paramdeep Singh.
14 Saroops of Guru Granth Sahib were damaged in a fire incident Publishing house of SGPC at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib on May 19, 2016.
But since Bargari sacrilege issue was already burning Punjab and had created serious problems for then SAD-BJP government, the SGPC authorities on the directions of SAD leaders placed the burning and disappearance of Saroops under wraps to prevent more problem for than government. But the matter surfaced sometime back after some social organizations raised the issue.
The action of SGPC only against its employees has once again exposed the fact that they wanted to protect real culprits. The problems of SGPC authorities will multiply in the coming days as more organizations are joining hands against SGPC.