Sacrilege row: Akshay Kumar issues a statement saying he never met Gurmeet Ram Rahim
After receiving a summon by Special Investigation Team(SIT), probing the incidents of firing by police at anti-sacrilege protesters in Punjab’s Faridkot district that took place three years ago, actor Akshay Kumar has finally issued a statement on the same.
A report by the justice Ranjit Singh Commission on the sacrilege incidents stated that a meeting between former deputy chief minister Sukhbir and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was held at Akshay Kumar’s house in Mumbai. This meeting was in connection with the release of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s film ‘MSG’.
In his statement, Akshay has categorically denied meeting Ram Rahim ever. “I have never ever met Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in my life, anywhere. 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,” read his statement.
In his statement, the actor further said, “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,”
You read his entire post here:
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 12, 2018
Apart from Akshay, Punjab’s former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal have also been asked to present themselves before the SIT at the Circuit House in Amritsar.