Badal asks Justice Ranjit Singh to recuse from inquiry commission

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 Chandigarh: While replying to the Justice Ranjit Singh inquiry Commission for sacrilege incidents former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday asked Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) to recuse himself from the commission.

File Photo: Parkash Singh Badal

“Commission set by the anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab Congress party’s government to play with the sentiments of the Sikh masses on the pretext of inquiring into incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib”, Badal said.

According to The Tribune the commission, seeking Badal’s statement on the incidents of sacrilege in 2015 and the then Akali-BJP government’s response in these cases. He had been asked to file a reply by April 20.

“I request you not to be party to the anti-Sikh agenda of the Congress and the government formed by it in Punjab. I request you instead to uphold the dignity of the judiciary and stand by the Sikh ‘quam’ and recuse yourself from the chairmanship of the Commission,” said Badal.

He further said the express purpose of the commission is to give legal cover to the political designs of the Congress to cause confusion among the Sikh masses by falsely blaming Sikh organisations and institutions for the most tragic and painful acts of sacrilege.

He stated that he and his party would “most willingly” assist any independent commission headed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court to expose the sinister designs behind acts of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and other religious scriptures.

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