SAD BLASTS SIT MEMBER KUNWAR VIJAY PRATAP FOR PROPAGANDIST, POLITICAL UTTERANCES AGAINST PS BADAL
BADALS WILL COOPERATE WITH PROBE DESPITE ILLEGAL SUMMONS
Chandigarh November 13 – The Shiromani Akali Dal today reacted strongly against the “ the utterly unprofessional, unwarranted and politically propagandist utterances of the I G Police and SIT member Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh about the appearance of former Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal.”
The Akali leaders reiterated that Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal and anyone else required for the purpose of investigations in the sacrilege cases will join the investigations when required by the police or the SIT. “We are committed to fully cooperating with the probe because more than the government, it is the SAD which wants the truth to come out. We want to lend full assistance to the police in its work. We will give them no excuse to justify their failure in giving a practical shape to their anti-Akali bias, “said the senior Akali leaders Sardar Balwinder Singh Bhunder and Sardar Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal in a statement here.
“The SIT member , who is a senior police officer, is publicly acting on a political dictation of his present masters, with the police officer merely speaking the lines given to him by his political bosses,” said Mr Bhunder and Mr Grewal, adding that this reveals how biased the officer is against the SAD leaders
Mr Bhunder and Mr Grewal said that the police officer seems to have forgotten that he is speaking about one the most respected senior statesmen in the country, and one who is over ninety years of age and has been elected Chief Minister no less than five times by the people. The officer even forgot that Mr Badal and Mr Sukhbir Singh are not the accused before the SIT, but are appearing only as witnesses.
They said that the unprecedented and undignified language of the senior police officer and his personal comments on the political activities, movements and even rallies of an elected leader involves the issue of dignity of elected representatives of the people. This is a grave matter,”” declared Mr Bhunder and Mr Grewal.
The Akali leaders said that the police officer gave vent to his frustration when the media persons cornered him on the illegality of the SIT summons to Mr Badal. But despite the illegality of the SIT order, both the SAD and the former CM Sardar Parkash Singh Badal , along with Sarar Sukhbir Singh Badal, have repeatedly and categorically declared they will cooperate with the SIT. Thus, there was no basis for the police officer to make these comments.
Referring to Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh’s references to the security and the vehicles provided to the former CM under the Z category norms, the Akali leaders said that neither Sardar Badal and Sardar Sukhbir Singh had ever sought any security or the paraphernalia attached with that. If the officer believes that the Z security cover not based on a professional assessment of the threat perception to these leaders, then he should go ahead and recommend their withdrawal.”
The Akali leaders further said that the officers comments and conduct merely confirms what everybody already knows: that the SIT is a completely biased political tool of the Congress government headed by Captain Amarinder Singh. Its only job is to give a legal cover to a pre-fabricated political report against the SAD leaders.
Mr Bhunder and Mr Grewal further said that the police officer seems frustrated because the ground realities are hitting them in the face and they are finding it impossible to find anything against the previous government. “The fact is that even a politically instituted commission headed by a “famously biased” former judge, Ranjit Singh, had failed to find anything to implicate the former CM, the Deputy CM or anyone else in the then government in the sacrilege. It is no wonder that the SIT too has started has started openly indulging in political propaganda.”