New Zealand based radio host Harnek Singh Neki, working for a radio channel called Radio Virsa has been excommunicated by the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, on Thursday over derogatory comments on Sikhs Gurus and present leaders of the community.
Though Neki had been summoned to the Akal Takht twice by Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh but he did not appear because of which the Sikh high priests decided on his excommunication.
The resolution to excommunicate Neki was passed in a meeting held on Thursday which was attended by Takht Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh, Takht Patna Sahib Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh, Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and Akal Takht head granthi Giani Malkeet Singh.
The charges against the radio host relate to twisting Sikh history, concepts, and religious texts.
On June 6, a joint delegation of the SGPC, DSGMC and Damdami Taksal met New Zealand High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers in New Delhi, urging him to recommend a ban on Harnek Singh Neki’s radio channel. They alleged that Neki had constantly been misinterpreting Sikh principles and tenets and used derogatory remarks against Sikh personalities and martyrs through his radio “Virsa” which left the community hurt. The Akal Takht Jathedars demanded that the licence of Radio Virsa NZ, 107 FM be scrapped and all posts from Neki's social media pages be removed.
--With inputs from HT & The Tribune