The decision of the mysterious Pardon by the Akal Takht to the Dera Sirsa Sadh Gurmit Ram Rahim caused a major controversy and outrage among the Sikh community worldwide.
A meeting of major Sikh organizations was held in Sri Amritsar Sahib on the issue where the Sikh groups unitedly opposed and rejected the decision by the Akal takht.
The meeting was called by Bhai Mohkam Singh of the Damdami Taksal and many Sikh group leaders attended including Sardar Simranjit Singh Mann.
The overall opinion was that the ruling party of Punjab influenced Sri Akal Takht Sahib to issue the Hukamnama.
The major decision of the day was the announcement of the Sarbatt Khalsa on Diwali. Sarbatt Khalsa is a massive meeting of GurSikhs where panthic decisions are made. The last Sarbatt Khalsa was held in 1986.