Former CKD president Charanjit Chadha (centre) and his family members come out of Akal Takht Secretariat in Amritsar on Tuesday. photo courtesy: The Tribune

The Hush Post: Charanjit Singh Chadha, former president of the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD), has been pronounced two-year restriction by the highest sikh body, the Akal Takht. What can not be forgotten is that his son Inderpreet Chadha, who was also the CKD vice-president, had committed suicide on January 4, hinting at the wrong doing of some CKD members, in a letter addressed to the chief minister,  who allegedly  had implicated his father in a  sleaze video that had gone viral.

Chadha (82), who was summoned at Akal Takht, appeared before the five high priests on Tuesday to submit a clarification. However, the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh did not clarify whether he had accepted any wrong doing or given any clarification claiming innocence. The religious punishment was pronounced in Chadha’s absence. He has been barred from addressing the gathering at any religious, social, political or educational function for two years, though he can attend any public event as a commoner.

“On the recommendation of the SGPC executive, the AISSF and some CKD members, exemplary punishment was awarded to Chadha by the high priests,” he said.

Chadha has sent in his resignation as CKD president. His conduct will be under scanner for two years, after which he may apply for a review application.

On December 26, 2017, a video purportedly showing Chadha making sexual advances to a woman principal of a CKD-run school had gone viral. On the basis of a complaint by the woman, Chadha and his son, Inderpreet Singh, were booked.

A special investigation team (SIT) has already summoned 13 persons to Chandigarh in the video sleaze case. They include the principal, who is accused of abetment to suicide.

The CKD, a 116-year-old Sikh educational institution, has called a general house meeting on February 6 to take a call on Chadha.

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