The officiating jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Harpreet Singh Harpreet said what happened on January 26 was unfortunate and should not have happened.
Giani Harpreet Singh said in a youtube video explaining hoisting of the religious flag was not a crime and that it was done earlier to.
The jathedar slammed the farmer unions for the violence, and also expressed apprehension that those caught by the police were 'innocent'.
"It was the responsibility of the leaders at the forefront to maintain the sanctity of the protest. Normally, the guilty go scot-free and the innocents are caught,” he said.
"A lot of noise is being made about the hoisting of the Nishan Sahib flag on a pole at Red Fort which is baseless. Putting the Khalsa flags is nothing new. Every year, when the Guruparv is organised in New Delhi, Nishan Sahib flags are put on the walls of many buildings including Red Fort,” he said.
“Indian soldiers also hoist this flag in Galwan valley. These flags were also seen on a tableau of Guru Teg Bahadur which was included in this year's Republic Day parade," he added.