Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 9
The Punjab government mentioned on Sunday that the six-month deadline to full SIT investigations into the Kotkapura firing was set by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and that investigators have been free to full their probe before such a deadline.
Reacting to criticism of the government on the six-month deadline, a spokesperson of the Punjab government mentioned the brand new Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by the state government on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was not, nevertheless, barred by the court docket to full the probe earlier, even inside two months if potential, mentioned the spokesperson.
Pointing to the High Court order dated April 9, 2021, the spokesperson noticed that as per Direction (vii),
“The investigation of those FIRs shall be concluded as expeditiously as potential, ideally inside a interval of six months from the date of the structure of SIT,” the spokesperson mentioned.
This court docket path has been merely reproduced within the SIT re-constitution notification issued by the state government, which has been particularly barred from interfering in any method, as per Direction (ii) and (iv) of the order, mentioned the spokesperson.
As evident from the court docket directive, the interval of six months is an higher restrict imposed by the High Court, the spokesperson identified, including that the SIT is free to conclude investigation before that.
The spokesperson mentioned it was clear that the notification, and the intent, of the state government had been misinterpret and misconstrued by sure parts, motivated by vested political pursuits, including that the government lead by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was dedicated to a free and honest investigation.