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Disclose Zora panel report, SGPC chief tells Amarinder govt

The Zora commission was constituted by the previous SAD-BJP government to look into desecration cases in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Oct 08, 2017 15:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar’s latest statement can be seen as his move to counter the Congress government.(HT File Photo)

A week after it refused to share any information with Justice Ranjit Singh commission constituted by the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government to probe into sacrilege cases, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday asked the government to disclose the report of the Justice Zora Singh Commission.

The Zora commission was constituted by the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government to look into desecration cases.

The Captain government set up the Ranjit panel — a poll promise — after assuming power in March this year.

“The Zora panel has already submitted its report. However, the Congress rejected it and set up its own panel. This raises many questions”, said SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar, who was here to attend Guru Ram Das birth anniversary celebrations.

The SGPC chief’s latest statement can be seen as his move to counter the Congress government.

The Ranjit Singh panel has summoned Badungar before the Akal Takht on October 9 with record of pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief and rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, stating that these details were necessary for investigation into sacrilege cases.

The SGPC executive committee has already rejected the move saying the Congress government was challenging Sikh institutions.

“A commission comprising any judge conducts an impartial investigation, but setting up of a new panel has raised doubts regarding fair probe. The Congress government should first disclose the report of Zora Singh commission”, he added.

“No doubt, the sacrilege incidents were unfortunate and those behind it should be brought to the book, but the Centre and the state government need strengthen their intelligence network to stop such acts in the future,” he said.

Badungar flays Centre over GST on langar

The SGPC chief hit out at Narendra Modi-led BJP government for “not exempting gurdwaras/langars from GST.”

“Many facilities, including langar (community kitchen) are provided free of cost in gurdwaras without any discrimination. Despite this, the government continues to impose the GST on langar items, which is not fair”, he added.

“We have already opposed this move of the Centre and written so many times to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, finance minister Arun Jaitley and members of GST council. But no one has paid heed to us,” he added.

First Published: Oct 08, 2017 15:03 IST