Former Punjab CM Parkash Badal summoned by SIT in Kotkapura shooting case

Chandigarh: Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been summoned on June 16 by the new SIT constituted in the Kotkapura shooting case.

Parkash Singh Badal, however, has informed that he will not appear before the SIT as his health has deteriorated. SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema has confirmed his ill health. 

In a letter to the SIT, Parkash Singh Badal said that he had ‘complete faith in the judiciary and was committed to fully cooperating with the investigation. 

“I wish to inform you that I will cooperate fully and whole heartedly with the process of investigations by the fresh SIT. I hardly need emphasize that all through my long career as a servant of the people, I not only have been a law abiding citizen of the country but have always ensured that the law of the land is held in the highest esteem. As such, I am committed to cooperating with investigations underway,” ,” Badal wrote in the letter. 

“However, my current state of health does not permit me to be available to join the investigation on the date specified by you. I have been advised complete bed rest of ten days by my physician. As soon as my health gets better, I will be available to join the investigation as per law, at my current place of residence. Accordingly, I request you to reschedule the date for my appearance for the investigations,” he added.

The former Punjab CM also alleged that the investigation process has been politicised and urged a fair probe.

“I also hope that this SIT, unlike the previous one, would respect the law of the land and conduct a fair investigation, withstanding the political interference from the ruling dispensation which is known to be brazen in subverting the law for their personal political gains. The present SIT had been set up in the wake of the brazen politicization of the previous SIT,” Badal wrote.

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In April this year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had quashed the investigation report of the SIT presented on the Kotkapura shooting incident and directed the constitution of a new SIT. 

After this, a new SIT was formed under the leadership of ADGP LK Yadav to investigate the matter. This team has to submit its investigation report in six months. 

The reason behind the questioning is that in October 2015, the Kotkapura shooting incident took place when Parkash Singh Badal was the Chief Minister of Punjab.

SIT looking for answers to these questions

– Who gave orders to shoot?

– Did the police fire in their defence?

– Was there any political pressure behind the firing?

Investigation updates

The SIT in the Kotkapura firing case  is now preparing to conduct narco test of three police officers including former DGP Sumedh Saini. 

The SIT on Friday filed an application in the Faridkot court seeking permission to conduct narco, lie detector and brain mapping test of former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, suspended IG Paramraj Singh Umranangal and former SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma. On this application, the court has issued a notice to the concerned police officers and summoned them.

What led to the controversy?

In October 2015, Sikhs protested in Kotkapura after the Sri Guru Granth Sahib was found to be desecrated in Faridkot. On October 14, 2015, the police opened fire on a protesting mob in Kotkapura. Two people were killed in this incident and many others were injured.

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