Source: Montreal Gazette
On February 11, 1999, the Montreal Gazette reported that Ranjit Singh, the international leader of Sikhism, was suspended by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), which is the body that appointed Singh in India. Last summer, Ranjit Singh excommunicated 7 Sikhs from British Columbia who refused to carry out Singh's controversial edict to remove tables and chairs from temple dining halls. The edict resulted in several violent clashes among the Sikhs in British Columbia. Ranjit Singh doesn't accept the SGPC's decision to replace him.