Sunday, December 5, 2021

Kotkapura firing: Sukhbir Badal quizzed by SIT for four hours

The Special Investigation Team (SIT probing the Kotkapura police firing case on Saturday questioned SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal  for four hours.

Badal reached the Punjab Police officers Institute in Sector 32, Chandigarh, close to 11 am.

Sukhbir was the deputy chief minister and also the home minister when the incidents of the desecration of a religious text and the subsequent police firing at people protesting against it had taken place in Faridkot in 2015.

The questioning will begin shortly in the backdrop of an embarrassing row for the SIT as it’s legal expert Vijay Singla resigned last evening citing personal reasons.

Several senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, including Bikram Singh Majithia, Balwinder Singh Bhundar, N K Sharma and Daljit Singh Cheema, reached the Punjab Police Officers Institute in a show of support to Badal.

On Tuesday, the SIT led by Additional Director General of Police (Vigilance Bureau) L K Yadav had questioned Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch and former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for two-and-a-half hours.

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The Punjab government had formed the new SIT to probe the Kotkapura police firing incident following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The high court had on April 9 this year quashed a report by an earlier Punjab Police SIT into the firing at people protesting in Kotkapura in 2015 over the alleged desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in Faridkot district.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday slammed Sukhbir Singh Badal and said the new SIT “inches closer to justice for Punjab’s soul.”

Sidhu tagged the tweet of Sukhbir Singh Badal in which the former deputy chief minister accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of implicating the SAD leadership in false cases at the alleged instance of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

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