Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Monday issued a statement denying ever meeting the rapist and murderer baba, Gurmeet Ram Rahim. His statement came a day after a special investigation team of Punjab Police summoned him to appear before it in connection with the sacrilege incidents of 2015.
Akshay is accused of having mediated between Ram Rahim and the then Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal. However, Akshya categorically denied these allegations in his statement. He wrote, “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.”
He then went on to state that he had ‘never ever met Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’ in his life ‘anywhere.’ He wrote, “I learnt from social media at some point that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh resided for a while at some place in my locality Juhu in Mumbai but we never ever crossed each other’s paths.”
Akshay said that being a Punjabi himself he would never do anything to hurt the sentiments of Sikhs. He wrote, “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 Sarhagarhi), 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 the utmost respect and love.”
The Khiladi actor said that his statement was ‘the utmost and absolute truth’ adding that he challenged anyone ‘who can prove it otherwise.’
A tweet posted by Punjab government from its official Twitter handle on Sunday had read, “The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the police firing incidents in the wake of the Bargari sacrilege case has summoned the Badal father-son duo and actor Akshay Kumar for questioning in connection with the investigation next week.”
Its subsequent tweet read, “While former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has been asked to appear before SIT on November 16, former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has been summoned on November 19 and Akshay Kumar has been asked to come on November 21, at the Circuit House in Amritsar.”
In October 2015, two people were killed in police firing in Behbal Kalan village in Moga district and scores of others were injured in violence across Punjab as protests erupted over the sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib. An inquiry commission formed by the new Congress government led by Capt Amarinder Singh had found that sacrilege incidents were linked to the Akal Takht’s pardon to rapist Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a blasphemy case. A report by NDTV said that the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had played a crucial role securing rapist godman’s release. Prakash Singh Badal’s son, Sukhbir Badal, who was the home minister of Punjab then, too was aware of the police action at Kotkapura.