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Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Special DGP’s letter didn’t have govt approval, HC told

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28

The Punjab Government has made it clear that a letter by the Special DGP-cum-Director, Punjab Bureau of Investigation, in the sacrilege cases, did not have the government's approval. The letter was addressed to the CBI Director in July last year.

An affidavit in the matter sworn by the Secretary, Home, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, said the letter was not issued after the Punjab Government's approval. In fact, it has been the constant government stand, starting from Vidhan Sabha resolution dated August 28, 2018, and the notification dated September 6, 2018, that the sacrilege cases stood withdrawn from the CBI.

The High Court, in a related matter, was earlier told that a letter dated July 29, 2019, was written by the Special DGP forwarding certain new/relevant information to the CBI regarding the sacrilege cases. The CBI, in furtherance to the receipt of the letter, had filed an application before the Court of CBI Special Judicial Magistrate, Mohali, praying that the closure report filed by it in the sacrilege matters be kept in abeyance till completion of further investigation.

Acting on petitions filed by Shakti Singh and other petitioners through senior advocate Vinod Ghai and Kanika Ahuja, Justice Amol Rattan Singh on the previous date of hearing had asked senior advocate Harin P Rawal to take specific instructions from the Government of Punjab as to whether the Special DGP's letter dated July 26/29, 2019, addressed to the Director, CBI, was after the government's approval. The CBI was represented by counsel Sumeet Goel, while the complainant's counsel was Gagan Pradeep Singh Bal.

from The Tribune

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