Harbhajan Singh in trouble for serving tobacco at his wedding


Team India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s high profile wedding to Bollywood actress Geeta Basra grabbed eyeballs for its grandeur, but has had its share of controversies too. After a row over his bouncers manhandling media persons outside the wedding venue, Bhajji has come under fire for offering hookahs to guests during the celebrations.

Sikh organisations have lodged a complaint with the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) accusing Harbhajan of serving 113 types of tobacco during his marriage celebrations. They have also said that they will lodge a complaint against the cricketer at the Akal Takht — the highest seat of power of the Sikh religion. The Sikh Action Committee in a letter to the Jalandhar police commissioner has demanded action against Harbhajan.

The religion of Sikhism prohibits the consumption of tobacco and alcohol, let alone serving it at a sacred ceremony.

“Despite being a Sikh, Harbhajan Singh insulted the Sikh religion by offering hookah to guests. Using tobacco has been banned in Sikh religion, Sikh Action Committee spokesperson R S Bagga was quoted as saying.

“He violated the norms by providing hookahs to the guests. Even the gurudwara where he solemnised his marriage was closed to the general public that caused inconvenience to the devotees. He should apologise for the same,” All India Sikh Students Federation chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad said.

Akali Dal leader Jarnail Singh Grewal has already filed a complaint against Harbhajan for preventing devotees from entering the gurudwara at the Guru Nanak Mission Netraheen Vridh Ashram where the wedding took place on October 29.

His bouncers who had allegedly manhandled media persons and damaged their cameras have been arrested.

Harbhajan had in the past also courted controversies when he slapped fellow cricketer S Sreesanth, called Andrew Symonds a ‘monkey’, had an altercation with Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and sporting his long hair in an alcohol brand commercial.