The Sikh community expressed their displeasure over the pardoning of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion, calling the move “politically motivated” as well as a “betrayal with Sikh community”. The leaders said that the letter of apology given by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh should have been made public before taking any decision with regard to pardoning the chief of Sirsa headquartered sect.
In an open letter to the Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh Ji described the pardon as as a “grave sin” for which will these Jathedars will never be forgiven for by the Panth, and further stated that this action has denigrated the status of Sri Akal Takht Sahib and for this reason this pardon will never be recognized by any self-respecting Sikh.
Furthermore, Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh Ji warned, “the Khalsa Panth is watching your antics and each and every action will be dealt with accordingly in the not so distant future.”
“This decision (of pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda Head) has hurt the principles of Akal Takht and it is a betrayal with the Sikh community,” Former Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti stated.
Vedanti as Akal Taht Jathedar had issued the ‘Hukamnama’ (edict) in 2007 against Dera Sacha Sauda head for attiring himself as the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. He noted that representatives of all Sikh organizations, scholars and intellectuals should have been consulted, just like it was done in 2007, before taking the decision to pardon the Dera chief.
– Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh Jii
“The letter of apology should be made public to let people know about its contents,” he stressed, adding that this decision was “politically motivated”. Vedanti claimed that his Hukamnama issued in the year 2007 cannot be cancelled, stating that the present Akal Takht Jathedar was also part of that decision as Head Granthi of Golden Temple in 2007.