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Navjot Sidhu questions personal govt’s intent behind ‘botching up’ 2015 sacrilege probe

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Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu Friday hit out at his personal celebration’s authorities saying individuals in Punjab have been feeling cheated over “inaction” within the instances associated to desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and the following police firing in 2015. He, nonetheless, added that his combat is towards the system, “which is failing us” and “is not personal”.
“In 2017, a government was removed and another appointed in its place on two big issues. These issues pertained to justice in cases of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib and punishment to those who dealt with ‘chitta’ (drugs) in the state and spoilt our youth. Till today people of Punjab are awaiting justice and if you ask me truthfully, they have given up all hope,” stated Sidhu.
The cricketer-turned-politician, who was chatting with mediapersons at his residence in Patiala, stated there have been a number of questions for which no solutions are forthcoming.

Questioning the “intent” of the state authorities behind not making the STF’s report on drug smuggling and the SIT’s report on Kotkapura firing public, Sidhu requested why no motion was taken when the culprits stood recognized in each the experiences.

Referring to the Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh Commission of Inquiry, which was earlier arrange by the Congress authorities to probe the incidents, Sidhu, a former Punjab minister, stated the culprits have been named and the cognizable offence towards them was spelled out.
“Why has no one been named in the FIR in police firing in Kotkapura when (Justice Ranjit Singh Commission of Inquiry) made it clear that the then DGP was in touch with the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at 2:30 in the night taking orders,” requested Sidhu. “When the crime and those involved in it have been identified, then why no action? Why no chargesheet?”.
He stated the earlier SAD-BJP authorities had not named anyone within the FIR lodged into the 2015 police firing that left two youth useless. The current authorities too didn’t title anybody, Sidhu stated hinting that it could have been completed with the intention to save lots of those that have been responsible though each baby of Punjab is aware of who ordered the firing and who have been the police officers concerned.

“What was the intent that you did not lay a solid foundation of the case? The FIR is the foundation of any case, any lawyer will tell you. But here, the foundation was weak and everything was in the air. When there is no foundation, you may hire top lawyers, what can they do? How will you build the case,” Sidhu requested.
“If names are included in an FIR on cognisable offence, then an arrest is a must. There is no other alternative. However, when you do not name anyone in the FIR and it is registered against unknown persons then no one can be arrested and the intent is clear,” he stated, including the “SIT (special investigation team) in Punjab means ‘sit down’”.
Sidhu added that it was inconceivable {that a} state authorities, which had been hiring legal professionals reminiscent of Dushyant Dave, Mukul Rohtagi and P Chidambaran for its courtroom instances, couldn’t make the Advocate General of the state seem in a case associated to desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib.
He reiterated that the Punjab Police’s SIT probe report into the police firing at individuals protesting in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan towards incidents of sacrilege be made public.

Sidhu had raised the demand a couple of days in the past throughout his go to to Gurdwara Burj Jawahar Singh Wala in Faridkot district, from the place a replica of the Sikh holy guide was stolen in 2015, resulting in protests.
The Amritsar East MLA had raised the demand days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court reportedly quashed the probe report by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by senior IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, and requested the state authorities to arrange a brand new SIT with out Singh.
Sidhu stated that the state authorities had fashioned an STF underneath a succesful officer who was referred to as from exterior state and crores have been spent in finishing up investigations into the drug commerce in Punjab.
“The report containing names of the accused was submitted in the high court. When some people approached the court over delay in taking action on the report, the court returned the report to the state government for further action. However the government kept saying that the report had not been read as yet. Thousands of mothers lost their sons to the drug menace. Was the issue not important for the government to at least read the report and take action,” he requested.

Sidhu stated it was onerous to digest the truth that the federal government has not learn the report even after it was submitted to it. “The government is still sitting on that report. I want to ask why? What is the reason?”
He went on to say that if the federal government “does not want to read the report, it should at least read what alleged drug smugglers Jagdish Bhola and Bittu Aulakh had to say on the issue.” “Why don’t you want to face the truth? Why don’t you want to read the report? This is why the people have lost faith in you,” he stated.