Sauda issue to be dealt in ''purely religious'' way : Takht
Amritsar, Jul 8 (UNI) The Sikh clergy, which met today at the Akal Takht to discuss the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy, catagorically said while the law would take its own course, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism would deal with the issue on ''purely religious terms.'' Stressing that the Akal Takht considered the Dera Chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh's controversial acts as a highly sensitive religious issue, a statement issued after the meeting said in the July 11 congegration of the Sikh community in Ratia the agitation will be given a ''new direction'' to put pressure on the Dera Chief to ''accept his sins'' and desist from playing with Sikh sentiments by ''making mock apologies''.
However, ''If the Sacha Chief presented himself in front of the Akal Takht with ''a clean-heart and folded hands to accept the supremacy of the Akal Takht, he will be treated with kindness as per the sacred Sikh tradition,'' the statement said.
Noting that so far there had been no sincere effrort by the Dera Chief to do so, the statement again condemned the 'Mafinama'' sent by Baba Ram Rahim saying it was not an apology but a press statement reeking of arrogance and shrewdness. It was neither addressed to anyone nor stated clearly that it was an apology signed by the Dera Chief, they said.
Taking a dig at the Dera letterhead which stated that the Dera's main objective was character building, the statement asked how could be this noble cause attained by a Dera whose chief himself was facing trial in murder and rape cases.
The Sikh high priests also said for the Ratia meeting in Sirsa district of Haryana, they would not seek permission from the local authorities as the congregation was being held in the Gurdwara complex and was of a purely religious nature.
The Akal Takht meeting also discussed the 'violation' of its May 29 edict by Khalsa Action Committee for having its own agenda on the Sacha Sauda issue and said it was also watching Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna in this regard.
The Akal Takht had taken strong note of Mr Sarna's role as a 'mediator' between the SGPC and the Dera, deeming it as violation of its call for social boycott of the sect in the wake of ''blasphemous act'' by the Dera Chief of having imitated Guru Gobind Singh.