The decision of Five Singh Sahibans at Akal Takht to pardon Gurmit Ram Rahim of Dera Sacha Sauda has sent shockwaves throughout the Sikh community worldwide.
SGPC member Bibi Kiranjot Kaur expressed her outrage over the decision:
“Dera Sirsa sent “spashtikaran” not “maafinama” and Panj Singh Sahiban accepted it, totally shocked !!! Quom marwaan di ki lorh c.
Panj Singh Sahiban have no right to undo Hukamnama of 17 May 2007 without the permission of Khalsa Panth. All panthak jathebandian have to be consulted before a rethink on Hukamnama. This secrecy is intriguing.”
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said he’s accepted the apology in the wake of the recent controversy and that it was leading to “cracks in families and communal unity.”
Sikhs worldwide have expressed disappointment because it’s the first time anyone was pardoned without even appearing at the Akal Takht.
The letter comes after political considerations by the ruling Shiromani Akal Dal. Many Sikh leaders are stating the move came after pressure from Akali Dal’s Parkash Badal who pressured the Singh Sahibans to accept the apology letter.
However, Gurmit Ram Rahim didn’t apologize for the act he committed and the letter is nothing near a letter of apology. The dera chief didn’t admit his guilt which is apparent from his letter. The only two words which make an apology letter are the words “Kahima Da Jachak.”