The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday sought a status report from Punjab Police on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale’s petition seeking transfer of probe into the May 17 attack on him to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The high court bench of justice Fateh Deep Singh has also sought response from the Punjab government and the CBI by July 7 on the petition in which Kulwinder Singh, Dhadrianwale’s driver, is also a petitioner.
The petitioners have blamed Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma for the attack in Ludhiana in which the preacher’s aide Bhupinder Singh died and Dhadrianwale sustained injuries.
After the hearing, advocates Anmol Rattan Singh and Pratham Sethi, who appeared for the petitioners, said the court had sought a status report on the investigations and issued a notice to the CBI and the Punjab government.
It was submitted that the petitioners were victims of “grave persecution” at the hands of the ruling government as it was intentionally “aiding” some culprits who wanted to kill the Sikh preacher. Dhumma supported the attack in interviews given to the media, the petition stated.
The court was told that the Punjab government and the police were not acting against Dhumma and he had not been associated with the probe so far even as the vehicle used in the attack was allegedly owned by him.
Dhumma enjoyed good relations with top leadership in the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, the court was told. Dhumma had been openly accepting the blame for the attack with a blatant disregard to the law and the police, the HC bench was told.
During the course of investigation, 14 accused were arrested but the prime accused were still at large and government was represented for the CBI probe, but in vain, stated the petition.