High Court Dismisses Killers Cops’ Petitions Challenging Probe of Sacrilege and Firing Incidents by SIT

CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The Punjab & Haryana High Court on January 25 rejected the petitions seeking CBI probe into the sacrilege incidents and police firing incidents of Kotkapura and Behbal Klan. It is learnt that the Court also approved the legitimacy of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission constituted by the Congress led Punjab government for investigating these cases.

Notably, the killer cops of Punjab police, including the SSP Charanjit Sharma had moved five petitions in High Court opposing the Punjab government’s move of assigning the probe of sacrilege incidents to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab police. All of them had demanded investigation into these cases by the CBI.

Dismissing all these petitions, the High Court bench said the court had no doubt that the SIT would employ all investigative skills and forensic methods and conclude an investigation expeditiously.

Directing the SIT to conduct a fair, impartial and speedy investigation into the cases, the High Court put an end to the legal controversy over the setting up of Justice Ranjit Singh commission by holding that necessity to constitute the commission arose because the investigating agencies did not carry out the task entrusted to them promptly.

Justice Rajan Gupta asserted that the SIT would be undaunted by internal or external pressure. It would not be swayed by commissions’ observations meant only to instruct the mind of the government, perhaps to prevent such unfortunate incidents in future.

The state was represented by former Union minister and senior advocate P Chidambaram, Advocate-General Atul Nanda and Additional AG Rameeza Hakim.


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