The SGPC has contemplated to hire and appoint Giani Pinderpal Singh as it’s Jathedar of the Akal Takht to replace it’s existing Jathedar Giani Gurbhachan Singh. However, the Sarbat Khalsa held on November 10, 2015 has chosen the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht as Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara.
The move appears to challenge the decision taken by the Sarbat Khalsa. The SGPC chose Giani Pinderpal Singh to be acceptable to Sikhs worldwide.
“A person like him (Pinderpal) can certainly help bring the Sikh community out of the current crisis, but it remains to be seen whether he would accept the post of the Akal Takht head or not,” said SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, adding that it was premature to reach any conclusion.
According to sources, the SGPC isn’t leaving any stone un-turned to convince and persuade Bhai Pinderpal Singh. Bhai Pinderpal had previously refused an offer to become Jathedar in 2008 to replace Joginder Singh Vedanti.
Talking to HT on the phone, Pinderpal said, “In the current situation, there is an acute deficit of trust and faith among the Sikhs. No Sikh believes in the other. Moreover, when there are two jathedars (one appointed by the SGPC, the other by the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’), it is very difficult for both to prove who is the real one.”
Bhai Pinderpal’s katha was banned by the SGPC from Manji Sahib last month due to his comments on the crisis in Punjab.