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Punjab may hand over sacrilege cases to Central Bureau of Investigation

punjab Updated: Nov 01, 2015 00:49 IST
Chitleen K Sethi
Chitleen K Sethi
Hindustan Times
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The Punjab government is now toying with the possibility of shifting the investigation into all sacrilege incidents in Punjab to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).(HT Photo )

With Panthic leaders hinging their protest on the demand for the release of the two accused in the Bargari case of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the Badal government is mulling shifting the investigation into all sacrilege incidents in Punjab to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Police had, on October 21, arrested brothers Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh from Panjgrain Khurd and claimed that the two were responsible for the incident. The police had depended on recorded mobile phone conversations as proof of their involvement. The police theory was, however, rejected by the Panthic leaders who alleged that the two brothers had been framed. The Panthic leaders have since been demanding their unconditional release.

Sources add that the special investigation team (SIT), constituted to investigate the case, has reached a virtual dead end in the absence of any corroborative evidence to further its theory in the Bargari case. Also, the police have not been able to retrieve the Bir (copy of the holy book) stolen from the gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on June 1 from which pages strewn at Bargari village are reported to be have been torn.

Senior party leaders following the investigations said the possibility of shifting the probe to an outside agency like the CBI has been suggested to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who is yet to take a call on the matter.

Shifting the investigation to the CBI is expected to take the government out of a piquant situation. Investigations conducted by Punjab Police are being looked upon as unfair and any further movement in the investigation is also expected to be trashed as victimisation of “their own ilk” by the SAD-led government. Pushing the ball into the CBI’s court will ease the situation for the SAD-led government, which is facing an acute trust deficit in the state.

Officers involved in the investigation added that the outcome of their probe depended to a large extent on a lie-detector test to be carried out on the two accused. Panthic leaders as well as the brothers have been objecting to the test. “If the two are not involved, as they claim, then why should they be resisting a lie detector test? In fact they should be willing to go ahead and prove the police theory wrong,” said an officer probing the case. A Faridkot court on Saturday denied permission to the police to conduct the test as the brothers refused to give their consent.

With Panthic leaders hinging their protest on the demand for the release of the two accused in the Bargari case of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the Badal government is mulling shifting the investigation into all sacrilege incidents in Punjab to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Police had, on October 21, arrested brothers Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh from Panjgrain Khurd and claimed that the two were responsible for the incident. The police had depended on recorded mobile phone conversations as proof of their involvement. The police theory was, however, rejected by the Panthic leaders who alleged that the two brothers had been framed. The Panthic leaders have since been demanding their unconditional release.

Sources add that the special investigation team (SIT), constituted to investigate the case, has reached a virtual dead end in the absence of any corroborative evidence to further its theory in the Bargari case. Also, the police have not been able to retrieve the Bir (copy of the holy book) stolen from the gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on June 1 from which pages strewn at Bargari village are reported to be have been torn.

Senior party leaders following the investigations said the possibility of shifting the probe to an outside agency like the CBI has been suggested to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who is yet to take a call on the matter.

Pushing the ball into the CBI’s court will ease the situation for the SAD-led government, which is facing a trust deficit.