The Akal Takht has ‘excommunicated’ Harinder Singh Sikka, the man behind the controversial film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, set to be released tomorrow in a number of countries, including Malaysia.
In an announcement to the public today (12 April), Akal Takht jathedar Gurbachan Singh made known the decision after a closed-door meeting.
He said that Harinder had ignored repeated appeals to him not to release the movie, which was first supposed to be released in 2015, but held back after ferocious complaints from some segments of the Sikh community.
In view of his actions, the jathedars has called on Sikhs not to have any relationships with Harinder.
In another development, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) chief secretary Roop Singh had apologised to the Sikhs through social media for granting permission to the film. He said it was a blunder on his part to issue such a letter, reports Tribune News Service.
Referring to the letter issued under his signature on March 19, directing the gurdwaras to prominently display the posters of the film so that the devotees would be aware of the film based on Guru Nanak, Singh, in his message, submitted that the letter was withdrawn on March 29.
He clarified that he had issued the letter only on the basis of an earlier letter issued by his predecessor after a sub-committee had recommended it.
To substantiate his claim, the report said that Roop also posted the letter dated May 13, 2016, which reads, “It is in continuation to the letter number 31424 and now after the film is seen by the appointed committee of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee, we have no objection in granting you the permission for the release of the film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’.”
On January 22, 2015, Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan had issued a congratulatory letter addressed to the film-maker Harinder terming it as a “praiseworthy” step and that it was ‘a fine example of promotion of Sikh faith’, the report added.
However, following the protest, the Akal Takht Jathedar thought the screening of the film could create unrest and vitiate peace.
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