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Trustee Statement on Harbinder Singh RanaDate: Tuesday, 12 June, 2012

Some of you may have seen the recent press coverage of Harbinder Singh Rana following
his invitation onto the Royal Barge during the Jubilee celebrations.

As Trustees of the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust, the charity of which Harbinder is the public face, it is only right that we should issue a statement in the current circumstances and make clear our own views and position.

Harbinder has been at the forefront of all the Trust's activities since the Trust's inception in 1993. He has spearheaded all of our achievements during that time and elevated Sikh heritage to hitherto unknown levels. During all this time he has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, the full trust and confidence not only of the Trustees of the Trust itself but also of those that he has interacted with in the organisations that the Trust has partnered with.

Both the Trust and Harbinder personally have received many communications via email, phone and text since the articles appeared in the press. Without exception, they have been expressions of support and encouragement and all have urged Harbinder to continue in his tireless service. Any condemnation has been solely reserved for his detractors.

We have at all times been aware of Harbinder's background and have supported him for the individual he is and for all his undeniable achievements which have benefitted the Anglo Sikh community immeasurably. He truly has epitomised the Trust's motto of 'Bringing History and Cultures Together'. Going forward, the Trust will be continuing business as usual but with even more vigour so as not to give succour to our detractors. In so doing, we will continue to support Harbinder who will continue in his tireless voluntary service and continue to enjoy our full trust and confidence.

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