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Akal Takht revokes pardon to sacha sauda head 

Five Jathedars on Friday revoked their controversial pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 2007 blasphemy case. The decision was taken after Sikh outfits protested against the pardon.

Sirsa-based sect chief was pardoned following his written apology for appearing before a congregation attired as the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, in 2007. The incident had triggered clashes between Sikhs and Dera followers, and the Takht ordered the sect leader’s social boycott.

Some organizations were unhappy with the decision to pardon him without him physically appear before the Takht. They said the Dera chief got away with the offence after making some underhand deal with Badals and Five Jathedars were actually working on dictates from Badals.

After a marathon meeting of the five Sikh high priests in Amritsar on Friday, a decision was taken to annul September 24 verdict.

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