Individuals feeling cheated: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Today News Online Service
Patiala, April 16

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu today said the state government had cheated the people of Punjab by “failing to meet the two prime demands of strict action against drug kingpins and punishment for those involved in the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib”.

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Accusing his own government of defending the main accused, who were at the top of the hierarchy when the Bargari sacrilege took place and innocent men lost their lives, Sidhu said the system had failed us. “Despite prima facie evidence following the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report, the Punjab Government called a special session but failed to nail the culprits. Even after four years of the government, the FIR in the case does not name the accused cops or the then Chief Minister,” Sidhu said, adding: “I will speak my mind as no Sikh would tolerate this. No one can fool us.”

“When those involved in the crime have been identified, why is there no action? Why is there no chargesheet?” he asked at his ancestral residence in Patiala.

“The FIR is the foundation of any case. But here, there is no foundation. You may hire top lawyers, what can they do? How will you build the case?” Sidhu asked.

“There is not even a single name from the top in the FIRs, be it drugs or Bargari case, despite evidence and the commission’s report. It was a government-appointed commission and SIT to probe the Bargari sacrilege issue,” said Sidhu.

On the issue of botched-up probe in the drugs nexus, Sidhu again blamed the state government. “The report by the Special Task Force formed by the government in 2017 under a senior IPS officer brought from outside the state is yet to be made public and kingpins yet to be named,” said Sidhu. “Why is the government silent on the findings of the report? Despite it being with the government, why is there no action against anyone? Even the officer was later shifted,” Sidhu said.

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