Akali Dal rejects Justice Ranjit Singh Inquiry Commission due to summoning Sukhbir Badal

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Ludhiana: The Shiromani Akali Dal today passed a “resolution”, rejecting the Justice Ranjit Singh Inquiry Commission formed by Punjab’s Congress government to probe incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and other religious texts at a ‘Pol Khol’ rally.

Bargari Sacrilege Incident

The Justice Ranjit Singh, a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was formed by the Congress government in April last year, a month after it came to power in the state.

The commission was tasked to look into the cases of sacrilege, including an incident in Kotakpura in Faridkot where two persons died.

The rally organised at Noon Kalan, 20km from Ludhiana, in presence of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and other senior leaders of the party.

Moving the resolution, SAD leader Maheshinder Singh Grewal said the party would cooperate with any commission headed by a Supreme Court judge and alleged that Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh was “biased” against the opposition party.

He asked why the commission was summoning the SAD president when Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the state police had reportedly stated that foreign agencies were behind attempts to create communal tension in Punjab.

Speaking at the rally, Badal the SAD would ‘gherao’ the state assembly on March 20. “We will not let the government lie and run away from fulfilling its promises,” he said.

Badal also made it clear that his party would not tolerate false cases against its cadre and warned that any officer doing so would have to bear the lawful repercussions.

The previous SAD-BJP government in Punjab had appointed the Justice Zora Singh Commission to look into the incidents of sacrilege. Its report was dismissed by the Congress government.

 

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