Justice Ranjit Singh report on sacrilege cases

The Justice Ranjit Singh Commission has indicted the previous SAD-BJP government for its failure to either trace the theft of “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village and for police firing on protesters at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan. It, however, stops short of holding former CM Parkash Singh Badal responsible with any degree of surety.The report, claim sources, has given Badal the benefit of the doubt, saying either he or the then DGP (Sumedh Singh Saini) ordered the use of force against protesters at Kotkapura on October 14, 2015.
Quoting a witness, the report says Badal had agreed with the Faridkot administration and local Akali MLA Mantar Singh Brar that the police should not use force to lift the dharna.
Key witness Himmat Singh, brother of Gurmukh Singh, erstwhile jathedar of Sri Takht Damdama Sahib, appeared before the commission and gave details on the background leading to the grant of pardon to Dera sirsa rapist Ram Rahim. He has stated the manner in which (then) chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal organised the grant of pardon.He said on September 16, 2015, all the jathedars in Punjab were called to the official residence of Badal at Chandigarh. They went there in an Innova vehicle allotted to Sri Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh. (Then minister) Daljit Singh Cheema, on the direction of Badal, read the letter written in Hindi wherein it was mentioned that the dera head had sought pardon of the Panth through his letter.Himmat Singh has stated that his brother opposed the grant of pardon after reaching Amritsar. Other jathedars followed him to his residence. As per the witness, this happened in his presence.

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