Speaking with reporters, GS Sandhu of Human Rights Front gave a very accurate explanation on why Akal Takht Jathedar gave pardon to Dera Sauda Sadh. He stated,”Jathedars are not paid employees of the government who can be directed to do anything at their will. There is no system in the Sikh Quam to select them and anyone can be posted as Jathedar for their own benefit. The historic examples of Miri Piri was maintained by Akali Phula Singh who fought wars and was also the Jathedar of the Akal Takht. Akali Phula Singh punished Maharaja Ranjit Singh who was the Sher E Punjab.”
GS Sandhu also made a comment on SGPC Head Avtar Singh Makkar, “Makkar Say Badal getting the Faker e Quam award and through his own people told the Jathedar to give him an award also.”
The Human rights group condemned the decision and called on the Sikh community to put in place a proper system of selecting Jathedars otherwise there will always be disappointments.