‘Amarinder gov­ern­ment pro­tect­ing those be­hind sacri­lege cases’

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New Delhi: For­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Canada Stephen Harper met Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi here on Tues­day dur­ing the course of which the two lead­ers dis­cussed de­vel­op­ments in In­dia-canada re­la­tions.

“The two lead­ers ex­changed views on de­vel­op­ments in In­dia-canada re­la­tions, main global trends and co­op­er­a­tion among democ­ra­cies,” the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (PMO) Chandi­garh: A re­tired High Court judge who probed in­ci­dents of sacri­lege of Guru Granth Sahib when the Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP gov­ern­ment ruled Pun­jab on Wed­nes­day al­leged that the Congress gov­ern­ment of Chief Min­is­ter Amarinder Singh was try­ing to shield those re­spon­si­ble for the sacri­lege cases.

Jus­tice Zora Singh, a re­tired judge of the Pun­jab and Haryana High Court, who probed the sacri­lege cases and the vi­o­lence re­lated to it in 2015, told the me­dia here that the present gov­ern­ment in Pun­jab was un­will­ing to make the re­port of the Zora Singh Com­mis­sion pub­lic.

“It is painful that the Com­mis­sion con­sti­tuted by the gov­ern­ment to bring those re­spon­si­ble for the des­e­cra­tion of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at said in a state­ment. Harper is here to at­tend this year’s Raisina Di­a­logue, In­dia’s flag­ship Bar­gari and fir­ing in­ci­dent at Be­hbal Kalan in which two per­sons were killed was not in pub­lic do­main,” said Jus­tice Zora Singh, who re­cently joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The one-man Com­mis­sion was con­sti­tuted by then SAD-BJP gov­ern­ment in Pun­jab. It sub­mit­ted its re­port in 2016 but no ac­tion was taken by the SAD-BJP gov­ern­ment.

The Congress gov­ern­ment, which came to power in March 2017, junked the Com­mis­sion’s re­port and set up its own in­quiry Com­mis­sion an­nual geopo­lit­i­cal and geostrate­gic con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­istry un­der Jus­tice Ran­jit Singh (re­tired).

Zora Singh said the Amarinder Singh gov­ern­ment was shield­ing those be­hind the sacri­lege in­ci­dents and the fir­ing on peo­ple protest­ing against the sacri­lege cases by not tak­ing ac­tion against them.

“The Amarinder gov­ern­ment has failed to make the re­port pub­lic,” he said, adding that he had done full jus­tice dur­ing the in­quiry.

He said that his re­port had clearly iden­ti­fied the cul­prits be­hind the in­ci­dents and the gov­ern­ment and the Pun­jab Po­lice were drag­ging their feet on tak­ing ac­tion in the mat­ter.

“The Parkash Singh Badal gov­ern­ment, in ca­hoots with the po­lice, did not want the ac­cused to be brought to book and pro­tected them,” Zora Singh al­leged. in part­ner­ship with the Ob­server Re­search Foun­da­tion (ORF) think tank.

For­mer Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper with Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia Naren­dra Modi

Am­rinder Singh

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