Sukhpal Singh Khaira President of Punjab Ekta Party(PEP) today accused SAD president and former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for moving the file to grant pardon to four policemen, three from Uttar Pradesh, who were sentenced to life imprisonment by CBI court for the murder of Harjit Singh of village Saharan Majra in Ludhiana district.
Telling Sukhbir Badal not to shed crocodiles tears on the pardon granted to UP policemen who killed innocent Sikh youth, Khaira said that official records have revealed that Governor VP Singh Badnore had issued orders to pardon to the guilty cops on June 19, 2019 on the basis of jail role of January 12, 2017 for UP cops and January 3, 2017 in case of Punjab cop Harinder Singh, when SAD-BJP government was in power.
Khaira stated that Sukhbir Badal had played cruel joke with the family of Harjit Singh and his statement that he would take a delegation to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah against the release of killer cops is a hoax. He added that after truth came out in open, Sukhbir Badal would not be able to show his face to the family of victim and has lost right to speak on the issue.
He said that Governor’s order has clearly mentioned that all convicted cops had undergone only two years of jail when ADGP jails and Punjab DGP (Suresh Arora) had recommended to release them. The case is only routed through home minister and the Chief Minister of state. He alleged that Badals were apparently under pressure from the then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who also belonged to UP.
Khaira said that Capt Amarinder Singh was equally guilty for the pardon granted to killer cops since his government processed and the case moved by SAD-BJP government in January 2017 two months before assembly elections. He sought an explanation from Capt Amarinder Singh who could have withdrawn the illegal case moved at the time of SAD-BJP government.
He said that Mohinder Singh father of the youth killed by UP police had fought for 18 years to get justice. He approached Punjab and Haryana High Court for investigation of killing of his son.
CBI found that Harinder Singh Inspector of Punjab police kidnapped Harjit Singh and three UP policemen Ravinder Kumar Singh SP, Briij Lal Verma Inspector and Onkar Singh constable killed him in fake encounter to get out of turn promotions. Finally on December 1, 2014 the CBI court at Patiala granted them life imprisonment.
He said that Badal family was not only responsible for killings of thousands of Sikh youth during dharam Yudh Morcha and black days of militancy in connivance with the intelligence agencies, they also protected cops like Sumedh Singh Saini who is also responsible for killing of two Sikh youth in Behbal Kalan firing.
He said that Sukhbir Singh Badal had also moved case for pardon to infamous police cat and former Inspector Gurmit Singh Pinky but backed out due to public pressure and leakage of information in the media.
He said Governor VP Singh Badnore who is appointee of BJP government had made mockery of the high office and appeared to have used his influence in Parkash Singh Badal Badal and Capt Amarinder Singh governments to expedite the release the UP cops.
Khaira stated that Governor had did great injustice to family of the victim and betrayed the faith of people of Punjab in the democracy. He advised VP Singh Badnore to recall his order of granting pardon to killer cops and seek public apology from people of Punjab to restore respect of the office he holds.