The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday demanded that the Commission of Inquiry to go into incidents related to the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib be headed by a judge with “proven neutrality and fairness”.
Opposing the Congress government’s decision to set up the Commission of Inquiry under Justice Ranjit Singh (retd), the SAD demanded that he should be replaced by someone whose neutrality and fairness inspire unanimous confidence.
“The party strongly supports any move to unearth the conspiracy behind this shocking and unforgivable chain of events. Although the police and central agencies are already working to unravel the truth, we welcome any additional effort,” Akali leaders Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal said in a joint statement.
They alleged that the judge chosen by the state government to head the inquiry into the spate of such events over the past couple of years or so had an anti-Akali bias. “He is very closely related to a political leader whose hatred for Akalis is the beginning and the end of his politics,” they said.