Punjab cabinet minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sikander Singh Maluka was on Sunday declared ‘tankhaiya’ by Sri Akal Takht Sahib for distortion of a prayer at a function held to inaugurate his election ofice in Rampura Phul segment in Bathinda district.
He will, as punishment, have to perform ‘sewa’ (service) at Sri Darbar Sahib’s ‘joda ghar’ for three days besides donating Rs 51,000; and wash utensils for a day and donate Rs 31,000 at Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo. Later, he will have to get conducted an ‘akhand path’ at Sri Darbar Sahib.
Going by a probe report by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh handed out the punishment to Maluka, who was present and stood with folded hands, after a meeting of the clergy.
“I respect the decision of the Akal Takht,” maluka said, acknowledging his mistake in front of the jathedar.
The incident came to light after a video of the function held late last month went viral; in it, the composition of an ‘ardas’ was used to praise Hindu gods, besides making the usual Sikh references. The jathedar had immediately criticised Maluka and prompted the SGPC to form a three-member probe committee.