January 30, 2023

Parkash Badal was Punjab’s chief minister when Kotkapura incident befell. (File)


Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was on Tuesday quizzed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2015 Kotkapura police firing incident.

The Punjab Police SIT reached Mr Badal’s official residence in Sector-4 in Chandigarh. It was there for practically two-and-a-half hours, sources mentioned.

Earlier, the SIT had summoned the Akali Dal patriarch for questioning in Mohali on June 16. But Mr Badal had sought a change of the date of look, saying he was not maintaining effectively.

Earlier, Harcharan Bains, principal adviser to Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal, had mentioned, “Five-time Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal will appear before the SIT at his official MLA flat at Sector-4 in Chandigarh at 10.30 am on June 22. Still not in good health, Mr Badal, however, is keen to fulfil his legal and constitutional duties as a law-abiding citizen of the country.”

Mr Badal was the chief minister of Punjab in 2015 when incidents of the sacrilege of non secular texts and subsequent police firing on individuals protesting over the problem befell in Faridkot.

In May, the state authorities arrange a brand new SIT led by Additional Director General of Police L Ok Yadav to probe the Kotkapura police firing incident following the instructions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had cancelled the report submitted by the primary SIT headed by Inspector General Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh on April 9.

The new SIT is investigating two FIRs registered on October 14, 2015 and August 7, 2018 in reference to the Kotkapura incident. It has already questioned former DGP Sumedh Saini and another cops.

The earlier SIT had questioned Mr Badal in 2018. At that point, Mr Badal had mentioned the SIT was “politically motivated” and the probe was an try and defame him.

In 2015, police had additionally opened hearth at an analogous demonstration in Behbal Kalan, additionally in Faridkot, the place two individuals have been killed. A separate probe is underway in that case.

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