Bargari sacrilege case: Punjab CM Amarinder demands reopening of probe

Chandigarh, July 31: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said CBI closure report in the Bargari sacrilege case had caused hurt and anguish among the Sikh community and the case should be reopened as many aspects of the case, including financial transactions and linkages with foreign-based entities had been conveniently ignored in the CBI probe.

The CBI had not only overlooked certain crucial aspects of the investigation, but had failed in its duty to identify the culprits and bring them to book, as was expected of the premier agency, said the Chief Minister.
Demanding reopening of the case for further investigations by the country’s top investigative agency, Captain Amarinder said: “For reasons best known to them the CBI had unexpectedly closed the case in an unusually hurried manner, which raised several questions on its handling of the matter.”


The CBI had also not identified and examined certain key witnesses and suspects whose examination could have shed light on the cases dismissed by the CBI in its closure report, he added.

The previous Punjab government had, in November 2015, handed over to the CBI the investigation of three sacrilege cases — theft of a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib from a Burj Jawahar Singh Walagurdwara on June 1, 2015, putting up of hand-written sacrilegious posters in Bargari and Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on September 25 and torn pages of the holy book being found at Bargari on October 12, 2015.


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