Makkar slams Akali Leader

Sukhbir informed me at last moment about plans to pardon Dera head, I warned him against it: Avtar Singh Makkar.
“I came to know about it only when Sukhbir Singh Badal called me to his residence in Chandigarh and informed about the plans on the morning of September 24, 2015. I warned him again any such move. I advised him to first consult all Sikh bodies and take them into confidence,” said Avtar Singh Makkar.
Former Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar tells The Indian Express that the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister in previous government, had informed him about the plans to get a pardon for Dera Sauda head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, from Sri Akal Takht Sahib, but he had advised him against the move. Makkar was the president of SGPC when the crisis broke out in 2015. While Sukhbir has always denied any interference in SGPC and Akal Takht affairs, especially about pardon for the Dera head, Makkar suggests otherwise.

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