The new SIT constituted to probe the post-sacrilege firing case has summoned Akali Dal patriarch and former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal in reference to two FIRs registered at Kotkapura metropolis police station on October 14, 2015 and August 7, 2018.
The new SIT, constituted on instructions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after it quashed the probe by earlier SIT, is headed by ADGP rank officer L Ok Yadav.
“You are hereby referred to as upon to seem in particular person together with the related file earlier than the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on date 16.06.2021 at 10:30 am at PSPCL Rest House, Phase-8 SAS Nagar (Mohali) for investigation of above stated circumstances,” learn summons issued to former CM beneath Section 160 (police officer’s energy to require attendance of witnesses) of CrPC. The order, as accessed by The Indian Express, was issued by the workplace of the SIT on June 9.
On April 9, the HC bench of Justice Rajbir Sehrawat had quashed the investigation and chargesheet filed by Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, who headed the SIT constituted by the Capt Amarinder authorities in September 2018, to probe the firing on anti-sacrilege protesters at Kotkapura on October 14, 2015.
Trashing the decision particulars data involving then CM Parkash Singh Badal, then DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, native political consultant (MLA) and district administration, and calling it “one other facet to spotlight a hypothetical method” of Kunwar, the court docket noticed: “However, within the thought of opinion of this court docket mere factum of a chief minister speaking to the district administration or to the DGP of the state within the occasions of a scenario the place the legislation and order is disturbed, in itself, wouldn’t be adequate to deduce his conspiracy to kill or injure anyone by firing by the police upon the protesters, until there may be another materials collected by the investigating officer to determine prior assembly of minds for conspiracy after which immediately linking the chief minister to such conspiracy.”
Kunwar Vijay subsequently took voluntary retirement and new SIT headed by Yadav was shaped. In the order, court docket had directed constituting an SIT of three senior IPS officers from Punjab, which shall not embody Kunwar, and which shall embody no less than one officer senior to him in rank and designation.
Terming Kunwar Vijay led SIT probe as “theatrics”, the court docket had noticed that “if mere speaking of the chief minister, or for that matter by a minister together with his DGP or the district administration, is taken as a felony conspiracy then any chief minister might be held criminally liable every single day for any wrongdoing ensuing from fallacious functioning of district officers. The incontrovertible fact that the then CM was in touch with the district officers, fairly, reveals that he was alive to the scenario and to his accountability as a chief minister, even within the odd hours. Had the then chief minister not been in touch with the district administration and his DGP in such a important scenario, then he would have run the danger of being branded as one other Nero who performed fiddle when the Rome was burning. However, there is no materials collected by the respondent no.3 to even remotely recommend direct linkage of the chief minister to any conspiracy besides the decision data.”
High drama had ensued in November 2018 when Kunwar Vijay had reached Badal’s residence in Chandigarh at 2.30 pm and Badal had insisted that then SIT chairman Prabodh Kumar must also come. Badal had requested Kunwar to rearrange for him to speak to Kumar on telephone.
Later, Kumar had turned up on the residence of Badal and the questioning had continued for practically 45 minutes.
After the questioning, Badal had advised mediapersons that the SIT was “politically motivated to defame him and Sukhbir Badal” and “CM Amarinder Singh will get the SIT report written by the Advocate General the place they (Badals) shall be changed into culprits from witnesses”.
Meanwhile, the SIT headed by Yadav has already grilled former DGP Saini and variety of different Punjab Police officers, together with then DIG Ranbir Singh Khatra who had been instrumental in arrest of Dera followers in theft and sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, resulting in anti-sacrilege protests in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015.
The SIT has reportedly additionally submitted an utility earlier than the Faridkot trial court docket to conduct lie detector take a look at on Saini, then IG Paramraj Singh Umranangal (who was subsequently suspended) after which Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma.