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SAD-BJP delegation meets Pb governor

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

A joint SAD-BJP delegation Sunday met V P Singh Badnore here, accusing the SIT of implicating leaders in false cases linked to the 2015 police firing incidents in

The delegation comprised and BJP among others.

The delegation submitted a memorandum to Badnore and urged him to "safeguard the democracy and democratic institutions by directing the government in to put an end to the politically motivated and vendetta-driven probes and ensure no elected member is implicated in false cases", said in a statement.

According to SAD's statement, Badal told the that "the government was politicising the unfortunate incidents of firing which occurred in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan (in 2015)."

He said the SIT constituted last year "initiated a witch hunt against Akali leaders and started conspiring to implicate them in false cases".

He told the that former has already been made accused "in one such false case despite the fact that he was only performing his duty as an elected when the unfortunate incident took place in 2015".

Wrong inferences are being deduced and the SIT is claiming that he (Mantar) was pressurising officers and stopping them from doing their duty," Badal told the governor.

The delegation members alleged that SIT was indulging in a pre-determined and biased investigation aimed at settling scores with the top Akali leadership.

Stating that the SAD-BJP was in favour of a speedy and impartial probe into the 2015 firing incidents, the delegation told governor "we urge you to direct the to get both incidents probed by an independent investigating agency, monitored by a sitting of the

BJP State alleged the government has initiated "the vendetta exercise in desperation because it had lost popular support after failing to implement any of its promises to the people".

The delegation members also included and BJP Vijay Sampla, senior leaders Charanjit Singh Atwal,Tota Singh,and

The SAD on Thursday had said it would boycott the special investigation team (SIT), probing the 2015 police firings in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan at mobs protesting

the incidents of desecration of guru in the state.

SAD has alleged that the SIT was following the footsteps of the and implementing the mandate of the Congress party to implicate the SAD leaders.

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First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 22:50 IST