Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Executive Committee on Friday dismissed four of the Panj Pyaras (or the five beloved ones) for demanding the dismissal of the heads of the five Takhts.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar dismissed Satnam Singh Khanda, Tarlok Singh, Mangal Singh and Satnam Singh for defying religious decorum, although two members of the executive opposed the decision.
The move comes a day after one of the Panj Pyaras — Major Singh — retired. The Panj Pyaras had demanded dismissal of the five Takht heads — Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh, Takht Keshgarh Sahib Jathedar Mal Singh, Takht Damdama Sahib acting Jathedar Gurbaksh Singh, Takht Patna Sahib Jathedar Iqbal Singh and Takht Hazoor Sahib ‘granthi’ (priest) Ram Singh —for their controversial “flip-flop” in exonerating Dera Sacha Sauda’s head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a blasphemy case.
On September 24, the five high priests had issued ‘gurmata’ pardoning the Dera chief for his alleged blasphemous act of wearing attire similar to that of Guru Gobind Singh in 2007.
The Panj Pyaras summoned the Jathedars in October, but the SGPC suspended them, only to revoke the decision later.