Chandigarh, April 9- Sukhpal Singh Khaira MLA and president of Punjab Ekta Party(PEP) today strongly condemned the removal of IG Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh from the Special Investigating Team(SIT) probing the involvement of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal in the sacrilege cases and police firing on peaceful Sikhs in Behbal Kalan. He demanded immediate cancellation of such dictatorial orders.
In a hard hitting statement Khaira alleged that Election Commission of India(ECI) has become party to political conspiracy hatched by Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) in connivance with BJP led center government to remove Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh in the name of model code of conduct. He said that removal of Kunwar Vijay Partap at a crucial time was mala fide and politically motivated when SIT was about to nail Badals for their involvement in the cases of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib ji and incidents of police firing in Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura. He demanded to immediately withdraw this ‘autocratic’ order.
Khaira said that SIT was not connected with the day to day functioning of police and nor connected with any election related work. He said that SIT was formed much before the election process started and probing the findings of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission. He said that ECI has overstepped its powers and interfered in the process of investigation and delivery of justice. He said that it was clear that Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal were deadly against Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh and wanted his removal by hook and crook.
Khaira said that the role of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is also under scanner as he seems to have buckled down to pressure of SAD and BJP to shift Kunwar Vijay Partap. He wondered why Capt Amarinder Singh did’nt counter the complaint made by SAD to EC at government level and he has not uttered a single word against ECI orders. He reiterated that Badals and Capt Amarinder Singh were hand in glove and misusing their powers to save each other in criminal cases.
Khaira said that if Capt Amarinder Singh had no role in the murky deal of removing Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh from SIT, he should immediately flash a protest letter to the ECI and also move Supreme Court to challenge the ECI orders. He feared that during the course of model code is in force for about another two months, the evidence collected by SIT may be damaged and other members of SIT may also be pressurised to dilute the case against Badals.
Khaira said that by becoming party to political conspiracies, the EC will only erode the credibility of constitutional institution. He urged the EC to rather focus on violations of election code by both SAD and Congress and use its influence to effectively stop activities of distribution of drugs, liquor and money by big parties in the state.