Malerkotla Qu­ran sac­ri­lege: Ran­jit panel never con­tacted me, says Delhi AAP MLA

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - Av­tar Singh

SAN­GRUR : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leg­is­la­tor from New Delhi’s Mehrauli, Naresh Ya­dav, who was booked by the San­grur po­lice in con­nec­tion with the Malerkotla Qu­ran sac­ri­lege in­ci­dent, on Mon­day claimed that the Jus­tice Ran­jit Singh in­quiry com­mis­sion ig­nored Malerkotla in­ci­dents.

The panel was formed by the Congress gov­ern­ment in Pun­jab to probe in­ci­dents of sac­ri­lege of Guru Granth Sahib and other re­li­gious texts.

The MLA was here for a hear­ing in the case. It will come up for next hear­ing on May 21.

“The com­mis­sion has probed dif­fer­ent in­ci­dents of sac­ri­lege but did not ap­proach me. If they were will­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the case, they must have con­tacted me. I have not re­ceived any call from them,” Ya­dav said.

“The case was com­pletely po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and the then Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) gov­ern­ment im­pli­cated me in a false case to de­fame our party which was surg­ing ahead of the assem­bly elec­tions in the state.

How­ever, the new gov­ern­ment is also not in­ter­ested in ar­rest­ing the ac­tual cul­prits be­hond the in­ci­dent,” he said.

Ya­dav’s ad­vo­cate and Dirba MLA, Harpal Singh Cheema said the case holds no ground and the state has failed to prove al­le­ga­tions and de­mand­ing time of file pros­e­cu­tion sanc­tion.

“It was a po­lit­i­cal case which was con­cocted by SAD-BJP gov­ern­ment. It is more dis­ap­point­ing that the com­mis­sion formed by congress gov­ern­ment has not started work on Qu­ran sac­ri­lege in­ci­dent. We de­mand that the com­mis­sion should probe this in­ci­dent,” said Dirba MLA Ad­vo­cate Harpal Cheema.

Vi­jay Ku­mar, the main ac­cused of June 24 burn­ing of Qu­ran and re­sul­tant vi­o­lence in Mus­lim-dom­i­nated Malerkotla, had ear­lier claimed that he did it at the be­hest of Ya­dav whom he claimed to be his friend.

The Mehrauli MLA was ar­rested for his sus­pected role in the al­leged des­e­cra­tion on June 24, 2017.

In Novem­ber last year, Vi­jay Ku­mar took a U-turn by al­leg­ing that po­lice forced him to name Ya­dav in the case.

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