Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 23
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Kotkapura police firing incident on Tuesday courted main controversy through the questioning of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal when it was accompanied by a retired official who allegedly posed as a deputy superintendent of police (DSP).
The ex-CM is under Z+ safety because of which the identification of anybody assembly him needs to be registered. However, Vijay Singla, who’s the previous Director (Prosecution), Punjab, accompanied the SIT assuming the identification of a DSP, mentioned SAD president Sukhbir Badal.
Badal mentioned the safety workers of the ex-CM, together with some Punjab police officers, have been in a position to determine Singla.
Badal informed The Tribune that Singla’s actual identification was revealed after they questioned his credentials. Badal mentioned the SIT “violated” the High courtroom order by bringing a retired official under a fake identification.
“This smacks of a conspiracy and proves our level that the entire probe was and is politicized, ” he mentioned.
An Akali chief mentioned Singla left the room when the Badals’ questioned the legality of his presence throughout questioning.
SAD management maintained that the SIT claimed that the official was a DSP.
“He was carrying a masks because of which he was not instantly recognised,” mentioned an Akali chief.
However, authorities sources mentioned the SIT had not faked the official’s identification.
“The SIT is empowered to connect a authorized skilled to the investigation. It is allowed by the High Court. Moreover, Vijay Singla is well-known to the Badal household as he had been their advocate earlier, so there was no query of faking his identification,” the official mentioned.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had quashed the earlier SIT for biased investigation.
Badal was questioned for almost three hours by the SIT on the sequence of occasions resulting in police opening firing at a mob protesting the collection of sacrilege incidents.