Australian man accused of financing desecration refutes allegations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2015 22:27 IST
Melbourne-based Sukhjit Singh Deol accused of funding desecration of the holy book. (Photo credit-SBS Punjabi)

Melbourne-based man accused of funding desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib at the Bargari village of Faridkot, which led to widespread protests in Punjab, has refuted all allegations.

Sukhjit Singh Deol said that he had sent money to Rupinder Singh for his treatment and not for the sacrilege as claimed by the Punjab police, reported SBS Punjabi.

Punjab police, on Tuesday, had released an audio clip of a telephonic conversation between Sukhjit and Rupinder Singh, purportedly discussing monetary payments. In another audio clip, Rupinder is talking to his brother, Jaswinder about the torn pages of the Sikh holy book.

Punjab police arrested brothers Rupinder and Jaswinder in connection with desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village. The two audio clips were presented before the media as ‘clinching evidence’ against the brothers.

The state government and the police have been reiterating ‘foreign hand’ behind the act that has led to tension in the state.

However, Sukhjit Singh, a Melbourne resident, says he was shocked to know what Punjab police was implying.

Sukhjit claims to have organised a payment of AUD 1000 to Rupinder Singh through a private money transfer service.

“The money was pooled in by around ten friends of mine in order to help fund Rupinder’s treatment,” he said.

Claiming that he was innocent Sukhjit said that he has all proofs to establish that he was not involved in the act.

He said he is worried about the case filed by Punjab police and is now planning to present proof of his innocence to authorities in Australia.

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