Former Shiromani Akali Dal Minister Sucha Singh Langah was excommunicated from the Sikh Panth by the Sikh clergy, a week he was booked for raping a woman.

The edict was made public by Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh at the Akal Takht inside the Golden Temple complex, following a decision by the five Sikh high priests.

On September 29, Langah — a baptised Sikh — was booked under Sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code at the Gurdaspur City police station after the woman, a widow, complained that he had been raping her since 2009.

Police sources said the woman had attached a video clipping, along with her police complaint, to substantiate her claim.

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The complainant had alleged that Langah cheated her by selling her properties and extorted money from her.

The former Shiromani Akali Dal Minister was on Wednesday sent to police remand till October 9 after he surrendered in a Gurdaspur court.

The by-election for the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency will be held on October 11.

(With agency inputs)