December 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India
Badungar tries to pacify Talwandi
Amritsar, December 8
To allay the fears of scrapping the three-member panel constituted by the SGPC for probing the episode of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, Professor Badungar assured the panel judges that they would continue to get all facilities which they had been getting at the time of his predecessor.
The SGPC chief also cancelled a decision on the task force which was taken away from the judges unceremonious removal of Mr Talwandi as SGPC chief. Sources close to the SGPC chief claimed that the task force and official car was taken away from the three-member panel without his knowledge.
Professor Badungar held closed-door meetings with Mr Kulwant Singh, Justice Ujjagar Singh (retd) and Mr Kharak Singh Mann — all members of the panel — separately at their respective houses.
In yet another significant development, the SGPC chief also met justice Harbans Singh (retd), Chairman of the Sikh Gurdwara Election Commission at Chandigarh. Both discussed the preparation of electorate lists in wake of the ensuing general election of the SGPC. They also discussed many important issues pertaining to the election.
According to sources, Professor Badungar would also meet Mr Parkash Singh Badal at Chandigarh where the latter would soon arrive from New Delhi. He would inform the Chief Minister of the developments which took place after his taking over as SGPC chief.
Prof Badungar and Mr Talwandi adopted reconciliatory posture after the incident of tearing ballot paper by the latter in protest against fielding the former as SGPC chief. However, at a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee, presided over by Mr Badal, Mr Talwandi endorsed the appointment of Professor Badungar.
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