After nearly two-and-a-half months, the managing committee of Takht Patna Sahib has reinstated Gyani Ranjit Singh as the jathedar of one of the five temporary seats of Sikhism amid opposition.
His services were terminated in view of the corruption allegations leveled against him and the controversies he presented during his tenure. The Panj Pyaras (Five Beloveds of the Guru) of the Takht also passed a resolution against him and ensured his removal.
The management committee has issued a fresh letter stating that two members of the Panj Pyaar expressed their disagreement with the resolution saying that their signatures were taken under pressure. The letter signed by the committee’s general secretary Inderjit Singh also urged Giani Ranjit Singh to resume his services. A separate letter was issued to Granthis and Panj Pyaars to co-operate with them in services.
After the letter was issued, he took charge on Friday amid tight security, although various Sikh sections opposed the move. It has been alleged by the Sikh community that he forcibly resumed services with the support of the central government.
After removing the controversial Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh, he was appointed as the Jathedar of one of the five provisional Sikh seats in September 2019. However, Gyani Ranjit Singh’s tenure has also been controversial. He also caused a stir in the ranks by changing the obituary of the throne. He was among the Sikh delegation that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. After his dismissal, he approached senior Punjab BJP leader Harjit Singh Grewal.