No one has right to seek info on Vedanti's travels: Makkar

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Fatehgarh Sahib, Nov 16 (UNI) Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar said that Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) activist Baldev Singh Sirsa had no right to demand details of foreign tours of Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti under Right to Information Act (RTI).

Talking to media persons at Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib after honouring seven members committee, who will visit SGPC-run BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib for NBA accreditation, Mr Makkar said that it was not right for Mr Sirsa to seek details of foreign visit of leaders like Akal Takht Jathedar.

He said that Akal Takht is the highest temporal seat of Sikhs so no one should dare to ask unnecessary questions. When asked whether the information would be provided to Mr Sirsa under RTI, Mr Makkar however, evaded the reply.

Regarding the charges of mortal turpitude against Assistant secretary of the SGPC and in charge (publicity) Daljit Singh Bedi, Mr Makkar said that he would constitute a high level committee, which would probe the charges.

He said that elaborate arrangements had been made for the SGPC general house election schedule to be held on November 23. He said that SGPC was seriously pursuing the resolution of making NRI Sikhs as members of SGPC.

He said that despite the imposition of emergency in Pakistan, a Sikh Jatha has sent to Pakistan to celebrate birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev as the Pak government had assured safety of Jatha members.

On releasing book of Sikh scholar Rattan Singh Jaggi, Makkar admitted that he recently released the book without reading contents of the book. He said that some persons unnecessary tried to create controversy.

He said that Jaggi is renowned author and SGPC has assigned him task to verify the contents of the books to be translated in English by SGPC.


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