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Khaira demands time bound probe by SIT into Behbal Kalan firing, says Amarinder non-serious

March 15, 2019 05:56 PM

CHANDGIARH: Sukhpal Singh Khaira President of Punjab Ekta Party(PEP) today said that Special Investigation Team(SIT) formed by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to probe Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura police firing on Sikhs who were protesting against sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib ji at Bargari and other places is only a political gimmick.

In a statement issued here Khaira said that interest of Capt Amarinder Singh was limited to take political advantage of these cases during Parliament elections and then allow the cases to fizzle out. There seems no seriousness to bring to book the culprits of sacrilege and police firing, instead attempts are made to interrupt the legal course in these cases. He said that most of Police officers named in the FIRs managed to get blanket bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court and absence of Advocate General Atul Nanda was conspicuous during hearing of bail applications. He said that it couldn't be without the consent of Chief Minister that AG continues to ignore such an important cases.

In the manner Even in the case of former SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma the court had granted him blanket bail when AG didn't appear in High Court. It was at later stage, a Deputy Advocate General approached the court and order was recalled by the High Court. Earlier, three other officials superintendent of police (SP) Bikramjit Singh, inspector Pardeep Singh and sub-inspector Amarjit Singh were granted blanket bail by the High Court in similar manner. The AG office seemed working to the convenience of petitioners, he added.

Khaira asked Chief Minister what action his government had taken against the AG and his subordinates for "pre-empting" the legal recourse. He said that action of AG amounts to stonewalling the proceedings against accused police officials and betrayal of interest of state. Nanda, he added had also failed to appear to defend state in a case of Pol Khol rally of SAD at Faridkot in September last for which HC granted ex-party permission.

Khaira alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh was in collusion with Badal family to linger on the cases and let the impact of public anger against Badal family die down with time. He said that Capt Amarinder Singh under pressure from BJP, an alliance partner of SAD and in power at the center to bail out the Badal family. Capt Amarinder Singh’s family is facing an Income Tax case and his son in law is under investigation of CBI.

Khaira demanded to make SIT probe time bound if Chief Minister is serious about the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib ji. He said that evasive attitude of CM speaks volumes of his seriousness on the issue. He had rejected the demand by opposition parties in the Vidhan Sabha to make the SIT probe time bound.

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