Punjab

Woman’s complaint with pen drive showing Langah in action with the same woman led to registration of rape case

October 06, 2017 12:31 PM
Ex- minister SAD (Badal ) Sucha Singh Langah

Amritsar: Akal Takht on Thursday excommunicated Ex-Akali (Badal) minister Sucha Singh Langah from the Sikh community for hurting Sikh sentiments by indulging in alleged immoral that led to his arrest in a rape case. A Congress leader who had submitted a video in which Langha wearing a Kirpan was shown in bad light with un-stripped middle age woman. 

This is for the first time that a SGPC member who claims to be amritdhari was ex-communicated from path on moral turpitude charge. Since Langah in action with a woman was shown in a viedo which went viral all over the world. After the complaint was received Akal Takht has no choice but excommunicate him.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh pronounced the ‘hukumnama’ (edict) from the podium of the highest temporal seat of Sikhs. “Langah has brought disrepute to the Sikhs with such immoral, disgraceful and blasphemous acts. Akal Takht has taken cognisance of the news reports and a number of complaints received against him from the Sikh Sangat after his video went viral and he was booked. 

An expert panel’s suggestion was also sought and after deliberations, the five High Priests unanimously decided to excommunicate him,” he said.

This is for the first time that a SGPC member who claims to be amritdhari was ex-communicated from path on moral turpitude charge. Since Langah in action with a woman was shown in a viedo which went viral all over the world. After the complaint was received Akal Takht has no choice but excommunicate him.

The Jathedar cautioned that anyone who has been involved in such immoral activities must not be included in any religious organisation in future. He announced that though Langah had been discharged from all positions, be it with the SGPC or SAD, if he was still associated with any Sikh organisation, he should be immediately removed and no “ardas” should be performed in his name.

What surprised many people that the leadership of the SAD (BADAL) knew Langah’s activates. Mr Sukhbir Badal who was Home Minister for the past ten years during Aakali Dal rule knew all these things but action against Langah was deliberately avoided. 

PPCC general secretary Amarjit Singh Tikka had forwarded the video clip to the Jathedar, seeking strict action against the senior Akali leader. Various Sikh organisations had also called for strict action.

Langah, a baptised Sikh, was in the race to become the SGPC president when Kirpal Singh Badungar occupied the coveted seat. He was a member of SAD’s core committee and district unit president of Gurdaspur until a case was registered against him by a lady police constable, who alleged that she was exploited for over eight years. He was arrested on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Akal Takht Jathedar, when asked if there was any provision under which the disgraced Akali leader could be brought back to the religious fold, said, “The tenets dictate that any Sikh who has been excommunicated could appear before Akal Takht and submit his apology, but ultimately it would be the sole discretion of the five High Priests to consider it or not.” 

He said his act brought disrepute to the community as he was a prominent Sikh religious leader. He said suggestions from the religious advisory committee would also be sought on the matter. PPCC general secretary Amarjit Singh Tikka had, on Sunday, forwarded the video clip to the Jathedar, seeking strict action against the senior Akali leader. Besides, various Sikh organisations were also seeking strict action against Langah, prompting Akal Takht to intervene. 

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