Chandigarh, April 14: Punjab Government on Friday set up a new commission of inquiry headed by Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh to investigate the incidents of sacrilege of holy Guru Granth Sahib and other religious texts. The new commission is being seen as the rejection of findings of Zora Singh Commission set up by Akali Dal government. Terming the findings of Zora Singh Commission “inconclusive”, a government spokesperson said that the new commission will look into the all matter of sacrilege of religious texts. Also Read - Akal Takht Jathedar resigns
He said, “The government, through a notification issued by the Department of Home Affairs and Justice, has included all sacrilege incidents, including those involving the Srimad Bhagwad Gita and the Holy Quran Sharif besides Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, in the ambit of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s terms of reference.” Also Read - SIT probing Faridkot police firing incidents questions cops, civilians
The new commission has been given a tenure of six months to submit its report. The commission will look into all matters of sacrilege including the Kotakpura incident in Faridkot which led to the death of two persons. Justice Ranjit Singh, a retired judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been mandated to look into the inconclusive investigation done by the police officers after the incidents took place. The issue of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib had stormed the Punjab assembly elections and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had promised the electorate to initiate the enquiry. Also Read - 3 senior Akali leaders say they will remain with party till their "last breath"
The decision to constitute new commission was taken after the advice of Advocate General of the Punjab Government that previous commission failed to identify the people behind the incidents. Even the incidents of sacrilege continued after the setting up of Zora Singh Commission. He said,”The findings in the Commission are broad on such aspects and it has not named or identified precisely the role of the persons involved. Also certain aspects and issues entrusted to it remain unanswered and are not dealt with in depth to enable the Government to reach definitive conclusions.”
(With inputs from PTI)