Tensions has escalated in the Sikh community over the matter of missing 267 holy saroops of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from publishing house of the SGPC at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib near Golden Temple.
The matter was uncovered by the Punjab Human Rights Organization (PHRO) on a statement given by Kanwaljit Singh, who retired from the post of assistant supervisor in the SGPC’s publication department on May 31.
Kanwaljit has claimed that 80 ‘saroops’ were damaged in 2016 fire at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib and the SGPC hid this incident.
However, the SGPC refuted his allegations, claiming negligence on his behalf.
Kanwaljit also claimed that on numerous occasions, the SGPC officials got ‘holy saroops’ dispatched without updating the records.
In an interview with SGPC member Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, TV Punjab has been learnt that the SGPC had dispatched 40 holy saroops to a dera under the presidency of Avtar Singh Makkar despite the objection by the then General Secretary of SGPC, Sukhdev Singh Bhaur. And the Sikh Rehat Maryada Committee had also denied the giving of saroops, saying that ‘maryada’ for Guru Granth Sahib will not be maintained in the dera.
Sukhdev Singh Bhaur spoke exclusively to TV Punjab about the missing saroops.