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No clean chit to anyone in sacrilege cases, probe still on: Punjab SIT chief

Punjab Police insignia. Photo: Punjab Police

Chandigarh, July 14 (MNN) Punjab Police officer SPS Parmar – who is heading the Special Investigation Team probing the sacrilege cases reported in 2015 – on Wednesday denied that a clean chit had been given to Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim or anyone else, saying claims to the contrary were “malicious social media propaganda”.

Parmar, who is IGP Amritsar Border Range, asserted that investigations in the cases of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib were moving fast in the right direction.

Reacting to comments by certain groups and individuals in a section of the media, the SIT chief maintained that nobody was above the law and if evidence was found against anyone at any point during the ongoing investigations, due action would be initiated against such person(s) as per the law of the land.

Investigations into three cases pertaining to sacrilege cases reported in Bargari and Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village are still open, Parmar said while pointing out that as per challan filed with respect to an FIR number 128 of 2015 at the Bajakhana police station, it was clearly mentioned that if and when any evidence comes up against anyone in these sacrilege cases, he or she shall be brought to book and supplementary challans presented in court.

Cautioning against “false and irresponsible” information spread in regard to this emotive issue, the police officer urged the media and individuals to exercise due restraint before publishing any unconfirmed report or making any unwarranted allegations against anyone.

The Dera Sacha Sauda head was named an accused in FIR number 63 of 2015 registered at Bajakhana police station, Parmar said, adding that in this case too, investigation was underway by the same SIT and nobody was given clean chit.

The SIT, constituted to investigate the sacrilege cases, had on July 9 filed the first challan in a case of sacrilege/desecration registered vide FIR 128/2015 in the court of JMIC Faridkot against six arrested accused. The next court hearing is fixed for July 20.

These six accused Sukhjinder Singh alias Sunny, Shakti Singh, Baljit Singh, Nishan Singh, Ranjit Singh alias Bhola and Pardeep Singh were arrested on May 16, 2021.

All of them, as per SIT investigation, had allegedly executed the crime.

Three accused — Harsh Dhuri, Sandeep Bareta and Pardeep Kler have been declared Proclaimed Offenders in FIR number 63 dated June 2, 2015 under Sections 380, 295-A, 414, 451, 201, and 120-B of the IPC at Bajakhana police station.

The role of other accused would be looked into during further investigations, the SIT chief added.

Torn pages of Sri Guru Granth Sahib were found at Bargari on October 12, 2015, following which an FIR number 128 was registered the same day under Sections 295, 295-A, 153-A, 201, and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code at Bajakhana police station on the statement of Bargari Gurdwara Sahib Manager Kulwinder Singh.

The SIT led by SPS Parmar comprises Rajinder Singh Sohal, AIG/CI Punjab, Lakhbir Singh, ACP/ERS Amritsar and Inspector Dalbir Singh, incharge of CIA at Faridkot and others took over after the Punjab and Haryana High Court handed over the cases to the Punjab Police.

The case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation on November 2, 2015, following which the Punjab government had notified on September 6, 2018 to take back sacrilege cases from the central agency.
The CBI had submitted a joint closure report on July 4, 2019 in all three related cases.
Later, the High Court ordered the transfer of investigation of this case to the Punjab Police, the spokesperson added.

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