Thursday, February 19, 2015
Walsall Pleck Gurdwara - Abuse of Sangat Donations
Nanaksar Gurdwara, Wellington Street, Pleck, Walsall has become the stronghold of one individual, namely Mr Amrik Singh 'Malri' (real surname Rai, Malri is his village). Mr Malri was the president of the committe when they purchased the pub on Wellington Street (in 2012) which is opposite the Gurdwara. The pub had earlier gone on sale & the committe had shown no interest in purchasing it. Then when it was purchased & came back on the market - the Gurdwara committee and trustees showed an ardent interest in purchasing it, arguing it could be brought by Muslims & made into a Mosque which would cause unrest for the visiting Sangat to the Gurdwara. Laxmi Jewellers had purchased the pub in September 2011 - see attached title deed for a sum of £190,000.
On the 12th April 2012 the trustees of the Gurdwara purchased the pub from Laxmi Jewellers at £350,000. In just 6 months the Jewellers had managed to make a profit on the pub from the Gurdwara of £160,000. The deeds clearly show this. Local Sangat know that the jewellers also made no structural or building improvements which would have caused a price increase - the UK was still under a recession & property prices in this area of Walsall are some of the lowest as it is an inner city area.
Misappropriation of charitable funds was committed by both the committee & the trustees of the Gurdwara (who are the legal owners of properties of the Gurdwara including the pub). At the time of the purchase Mr Amrik Singh Malri was the president of the committee whilst his eldest son Acting Sergeant Harvinder Singh Rai was a trustee. Bhajan Singh's daughter (another trustee) is married to Mr Amrik Singh Malri's youngest son. Mrs Manjit Kaur Sarohi was the General Secretary of the committee her her husband & Pleck Ward Councillor for the Labour Party Mr Harbans Singh Sarohi was a trustee.
The trustees are educated & successful men - who would know about getting land registry details before purchase - but they sanctioned the purchase anyway. As for the committee they sanctioned the funding for the purchase of the pub. Since it's purchase the only thing the pub has been used for is renting it out to 'people' who cannot afford better accommodation. It has not been used for any Gurmat Parchar - the only benefit has been use of its car park. The pub was a failing pub which kept changing owners prior to the Gurdwara purchasing it.
Deeds below show proof.