Punjabi newspaper The Tribune has revealed that about 2 weeks ago Sukhbir Badal had a secret meeting with the Sirsa Cult head Ram Rahim in Mumbai where the issues of pardon and the release of film MSG 2 were discussed. A prominent person of the Dera revealed that the meeting took place in a closed room for about 20 minutes where issue of pardon was talked about.

Now, it leaves no doubt the ‘mysterious’ circumstance of the Akal Takht issuing a pardon was due to pressure from Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The Sikh clergy’s decision to pardon Ram Rahim has even divided the SGPC with its members openly condemning the move. SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Bhaur said the decision had affected the credibility of the Akal Takht which was unfortunate. He said there was a sense of dismay among the Sikhs due to this sudden decision. He said a number of Sikhs attained martyrdom, while many were still languishing in jails while following the Akal Takht’s edict against the dera.

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