Eight Years After Sacrilege, Sukhbir Badal Apologises For Failing To Arrest Culprits

Chandigarh: Eight years after the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib during the helm of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government in Punjab, Akali Dal President Sukhbir Badal on Thursday unconditionally sought forgiveness of the Khalsa Panth (community) for failing to arrest the culprits.

Akali Dal President – Sh.Sukhbir Badal

Speaking at the 103rd foundation day of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) with folded hands, Badal expressed his regrets.

“As the President of the party, I want to offer my sincere apology to the Akal Takht Sahib and the Sikh community.

“I deeply regret any hurt caused during our governance. The sacrilege incidents that occurred were regrettable, and it’s a sentiment shared by the public that our government was seen as Panthic. I apologize that we couldn’t apprehend and punish the culprits during the brief remaining part of our tenure.

“I am unfortunate that we couldn’t understand and defeat the conspiracies of some so-called Panthic individuals and organizations and allowed them to compel us to hand over the probe to the CBI. These incidents remain the most painful events in my life and the life of Parkash Singh Badal.”

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing cases of sacrilege and police firing in 2015, in February this year filed a charge sheet in a Faridkot court indicting Sukhbir Badal and former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini as masterminds.

The chargesheet also blamed then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for the Kotkapura firing case following the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and subsequent violence in which the police force was accused of excesses that left two people dead.

In Punjab, blasphemy has been an emotive issue in every election since the 2015 Kotkapura firing case.

Sikh intellectuals, social reformers, and even political parties prefer to maintain a stoical silence over lynching incidents after blasphemy or ‘Beadbi’. They largely blame political parties at the helm for inaction in delivering speedy justice in sacrilege cases, saying the people of a particular religion were forced to take the law into their own hands.

Justice Ranjit Singh (retd), who headed the commission appointed by the previous Congress government into the alleged sacrilege incidents, had placed the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and then DGP Saini in the dock.

Also, he had criticized the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, whose chief and self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence for raping two of his disciples and a life term for a journalist’s killing, for the incident of sacrilege.

Courtesy: “IANS”

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