CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Lodging reply in response to a petition challenging investigation report of Justice Ranjit Singh in Punjab & Haryana High Court on September 20, the Congress led Punjab government submitted that it is not bound to fully accept the recommendations made by the Justice Ranjit Singh led Commission of Inquiry. It has been clarified to the Court that the Punjab government needs solid evidence or witness before taking action against any person or organization on the recommendation of Justice Ranjit Singh.
However, the Punjab government has also clarified it to the Punjab & Haryana High Court that it can order investigation against the person or organization held guilty by the Commission by registering an FIR but the views of Investigating Officer may differ from Commission.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the next hearing on this petition has been deferred onto October 11 in which the petitioners might be asked to file reply on Punjab government’s reply.
It may be recalled here that three Police cops namely Ex-SSP Charanjit Sharma, Mansa’s Ex-SSP Raghbir Singh Sandhu and SHO of Bajakhana Police Station Amarjit Singh Kular had challenged the Justice Ranjit Singh investigation report by moving a petition in the Punjab & Haryana High Court on September 12. The trio petitioners had claimed in the petition that the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission violated the provisions of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952. They had also accused the Commission of going against the evidences on record while making recommendations for their indictment.
It is pertinent to note here that the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission had recommended registration of criminal cases sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against the Police cops responsible for opening an unprovoked firing on peacefully protesting Sikhs at Behbal Klan in which two innocent Sikh youths had attained martyrdom. Justice Ranjit Singh had stated in its report that the cops acted without warning and permission.