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SAD-BJP opposes appointment of Justice Gill (retd) as Punjab Lokpal

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The SAD-BJP combine today urged V P Singh Badnore to refuse assent to the appointment of "Congressman" Justice Singh Gill (retd) as the Lokpal, saying he did not meet the Constitutional, political and moral qualifications needed for the post.

A joint Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP delegation led by and submitted a memorandum to the detailing Justice Gill's "close association with the party as well as Amarinder Singh".

"Justice Gill (retd) abused power as of the formed by the government to look into cases during the Akali-BJP regime," the delegation said.

The delegation stressed that the should be a person of impeccable character and represent public interest.

Badal said the was also barred from holding this august post as per the Punjab Act (1996) which stated that the shall not be connected with any political party.

He said Justice Gill (retd) wore his allegiance to the party on his sleeves.

"During the run up to the 2017 Assembly elections Capt Amarinder appointed Justice Gill to a committee which was assigned with preparing the blueprint for the Congress party's election manifesto," Badal said.

Detailing Justice Gill's role as of the to look into alleged false cases, the delegation members said the retired had brazenly misused his powers and transgressed into the jurisdiction of investigative agencies and courts by arbitrarily cancelling FIRs purely based on his proximity with the Congress government.

They said Justice Gill (retd) had thus followed the whip, command and dictate of the Congress government as of the

The delegation also submitted a record to the regarding Justice Gill's functioning as of the high court.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 19:40 IST