SGPC informed on halting of Guru Gobind Singhs' armour auction

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Patiala, Apr 7 (UNI) Information regarding halting of auction of tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh's armour by London based auction house Sotheby's was conveyed to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar by Baba Mohinder Singh of Nishkam Seva, UK.

The plate was to go under the hammer on April 9 at London.

Baba Mohinder Singh is a member of the six-member panel formed by the SGPC to establish the authenticity of the steel plate and to halt the proposed auction.

Confirming this development, Jathedr Makkar said before going to London to ascertain the facts, the panel will be approaching former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh to have access to the 'Charaina' set of Guru Guru Gobind Singh. This relic is currently housed in the rare collections of the erstwhile royal family of Patiala.

The auction of the armour plate had led to protests by the SGPC and question were also raised about its authenticity.

Sotheby's, one of the biggest auction houses of London, had later announced that the rare steel plate did not belong to the 10th Sikh Guru.

The six member of the panel are Dr Jasdev Singh Rai of the UK, Baba Mohinder Singh of Nishkam Seva, UK, Dr Kharak Singh, Chandigarh, Dr Gurnek Singh and Dr Sukhdayal Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala, and Dr B S Dhillon of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar.

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