Jarnail Singh, the Sikh journalist who created a stir by flinging a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram, was today sacked by his employers.
Singh, who was a defence corresponding with a Hindi daily for nearly a decade, said his services with the newspaper were terminated following a show-cause notice issued about 4 months ago. “I have been victimised for raising a genuine issue concerning the 1984 anti-Sikh riots,” he said.
The newspaper management confirmed that Singh’s services were terminated after an internal inquiry.
Singh was attending a press conference of Chidambaram in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections on April 7 when he posed questions to the minister on the “clean chit” by CBI to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who is an accused in the anti-Sikh riots case following then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
Not satisfied with Chidambaram’s reply , Singh flung his sneakers at the minister shocking him and the journalists around.
The shoe failed to hit the target but it set the Congress rethinking on giving tickets to Tytler and another leader Sajjan Kumar, whose name had also cropped up in the riots. The two were denied tickets.