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Cost of 1984 riots cases: SGPC in tight spot

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is in a tight spot tracing 42 lakh its president claimed was paid to lawyers for the 1984-riots murder cases at the instance of senior advocate HS Phoolka.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 03, 2014 18:55 IST
Prabhjit Singh

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is in a tight spot, tracing 42 lakh, its president claimed was paid to lawyers for the 1984-riots murder cases at the instance of senior advocate HS Phoolka, who is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat.

30 days after a Right to Information (RTI) activist lawyer sought the account details, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar alleged in February were recorded, there is still no reply to the application.

“The correspondence… has been sent to the different departments concerned,” states the SGPC communiqué to advocate Tarlochan Singh Sethi, who demanded the information on February 21.

Sethi, who received the March 21 letter from SGPC public infor mation officer (PIO) Simarjit Singh, now has moved the Sikh religious institution’s appellant authority for the information.

A week after the AAP announced Phoolka as candidature on February 16, the SGPC president had accused him of coaxing the SGPC to pay 42 lakh to his junior lawyers for the legal battle against the accused in different murder cases related to the 1984 riots in Delhi.

Phoolka already had challenged the claim, saying Makkar had lied about the fee paid to the lawyers and made false assertions at the instance of deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal to malign his image, since he now was a political rival.

Phoolka said the SGPC had paid about 7 lakh only, including the court fee mainly and other expenses in preparing and proceedings the cases, to the established lawyers of the Supreme Court.

He stated that lawyer Kamna Vohra had received about 5 lakh for handling 20 cases; Gurbax Singh 1 lakh for four cases; and Jagjit Singh 1 lakh for five cases. “Jasmeet Singh, handling five cases, has not been paid yet. All of them are established lawyers,” he had said.

He added that he was no more facing any issue in the elections after clarifying his stand at the outset in February. “They (the SAD) now have run away after lying on the issue,” he said.