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Randhawa seeks live telecast of House debate on report

Randhawa said the Congress won the state elections promising to bring culprits of the Bargari sacrilege to justice.

punjab Updated: Aug 14, 2018 23:03 IST
Sukhdeep Kaur
Sukhdeep Kaur
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Punjab jails and cooperation minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has requested CM to allow live telecast of the debate on Justice Ranjit Singh commission report.(HT File Photo)

Punjab jails and cooperation minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has requested chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to allow live telecast of the debate on Justice Ranjit Singh commission report on sacrilege incidents in the state and police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura that rocked the state in October 2015.

Speaking to HT, Randhawa said the Congress won the state elections promising to bring culprits of the Bargari sacrilege to justice. “People deserve to know the truth behind it. Those who had declared to rule Punjab for 25 years on the backing of dera (Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda) votes need to be exposed,” he said, while referring to statements made by Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal as the deputy CM.

Asked if the report does not go against the “no-vendetta” stance of the CM, Randhawa called it justice, not political vendetta. “The sentiments of the entire Sikh community were hurt. The empire of dera chief (Gurmeet Ram Rahim) has already come down. Every minister, MLA and worker of the party wants the government to table the report and take action against the guilty,” he said.

Cabinet will decide: Rana KP

Punjab assembly speaker Rana KP Singh said the House session is likely to be called in the first week of September. “The cabinet has to decide the dates. We will take a call on the request for live telecast when we receive it from the government,” he said.

The panel is expected to submit its full report later this week. The first report submitted by Justice Ranjit Singh to the CM on June 30 was on the sequence of events starting from the theft of ‘bir’ from Jawahar Singh Wala village to its desecration at Bargari village and two other related incidents. The remaining three reports cover nearly 122 cases of sacrilege, including of Bhagwat Gita, Quran and vandalism at a church. Of these, 12 incidents have been reported after the Congress government came to power in March 2017.

The report has made some sensational disclosures about the role of the then government, top administrative as well as police officers and the dera while delving into the conspiracy behind the sacrilege incidents and police firing.

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 23:03 IST