Never met Ram Rahim, says Akshay Kumar after SIT summons

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar said on Monday he has “never, ever” met jailed Dera chief Ram Rahim after he was summoned by a special investigation team (SIT) probing the incidents of firing by police at anti-sacrilege protesters in Punjab’s Faridkot district three years ago.The team is probing the firings in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan after pages from the Guru Granth Sahib were found torn in Bargari in the state in 2015. Two people were killed in the firing in Behbal Kalan.A report by the justice Ranjit Singh Commission on the sacrilege incidents said a meeting between former deputy chief minister Sukhbir and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was held at Kumar’s flat in Mumbai in connection with the release of the Dera chief’s film ‘MSG’.The meeting was held before the pardon given to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a blasphemy case, the report said.
Akshay Kumar issues clarification on allegations of meeting Dera Sirsa Head and Sukhbir Badal:
It has come to my knowledge that some rumours and false statements are being loosely made on social media about my involvement with a person named Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, in the context of a fictitious meeting involving Sh. Sukhbir Singh Badal. With all humility, I would like to state the following facts:
1. I have never ever met Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in my life, anywhere.
2. I learnt from social media at some point that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh resided for while at some place in my locality Juhu, in Mumbai but we never ever crossed each other’s paths.
3. Over the years, I have dedicatedly made films promoting the Punjabi culture, and the rich history and tradition of Sikhism through films like Singh is King, Kesari (based on the Battle of Saragarhi) etc. I am proud of being a Punjabi and have the highest regard for the Sikh faith. I shall never do anything that would even remotely hurt the sentiments of my Punjabi brothers and sisters, for whom I have utmost respect and love.
My statement above is the utmost and absolute truth. I challenge anyone who can prove it otherwise.
Regards, Akshay Kumar

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