Punjab House resolves to take back sacrilege cases from CBI
The Punjab assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday to take back investigations into incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and subsequent police firing at protesters from CBIUpdated: Aug 28, 2018 23:26 IST
The Punjab assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday to take back investigations into incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and subsequent police firing at protesters from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), with chief minister Amarinder Singh announcing a special investigation team (SIT) for the probe.
The resolution came after a seven-hour debate during which members of the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanded swift action against those indicted by the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission report, which was tabled in the House on Monday.
The commission was formed to probe the 2015 case of Bargari Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege and Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing incidents that followed. The CM, in his concluding speech, said he accepted the sentiments of the House and asked rural minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa to move a resolution to withdraw the investigation from the CBI.
Amarinder said the SIT will be set up to probe the incidents.
The SIT probe will include the first desecration case at Bargari on October 12, 2015, which the previous Badal regime had handed over to the CBI in November 2015 amid massive protests in the state.
The CBI has not submitted its report in the case so far.
Amarinder had last month transferred the firing incidents at Kotkapura, which injured one person, and Behbal Kalan, where two protesters were killed too, to the CBI.
The move was opposed within the Congress rank and file.
During the debate on Tuesday, the ruling Congress and the AAP, the principal opposition party, attacked the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
The Akalis boycotted the debate, calling it “bogus and orchestrated by government with help of radical Sikhs to defame the party”. Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has been indicted in the report.
The chief minister, while concluding the debate on the four-part report, said there was no question of going soft on his predecessor Parkash Singh Badal, whom he squarely blamed for the damage caused to the state and its people with his “grave acts of omission and commission”.
First Published: Aug 28, 2018 23:25 IST