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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Amarinder writes to EC seeking review of decision to relieve IG as Bargari SIT member


Amarinder writes to EC seeking review of decision to relieve IG as Bargari SIT member

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 10

Citing legal, judicial and constitutional objections, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) seeking review of the Election Commission order relieving IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh as member of the SIT probing the Bargari firing incident.

In his letter to CEC Sunil Arora, the Chief Minister said the SIT, including Vijay Pratap, was carrying out its legal mandate of fair and transparent investigation, an ongoing statutory process under the Code of Criminal Procedure, which was not affected by the Model Code of Conduct.

He said the EC order of April 5, transferring the IG out of the SIT, constituted interference in the ongoing investigation as also an implied conflict with the findings of the judgment of the High Court dated January 25, which had rejected the political allegations against the SIT’s composition and manner of investigation.

Asserting that there was nothing untoward or unusual about an investigating agency/team communicating with the press, the Chief Minister said, “Such briefings/releases by investigating agencies are now a matter of norm and practice in the interest of transparency and public awareness.”

Even premier investigating agencies such as the CBI have a duly appointed press spokesperson and press releases are issued from time to time and uploaded on the website, he pointed out, negating the premise of the EC in finding a violation of the code of conduct in the IG’s actions.

The IG’s interview in question, when viewed in the right perspective, is clearly no breach of the Model Code of Conduct, is not politically motivated and made no political comment, the Chief Minister wrote in his letter. “Rather, despite pointed political questions, Kuwar Vijay Pratap has, in fact, specifically declined from answering such questions/comments,” he added.

While the state government had complied with the EC order, it merited review and consideration on account of various factors, the Chief Minister said.

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