Only a Punjab agency will probe Bargari and Behbal Kalan cases: Capt

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh..File Photo

Chandigarh, February 20: Punjab Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday that only a state agency would inquire into the Bargari and Behbal Kalan sacrilege cases.

The CM made this announcement on the floor of the House while claiming that the Supreme Court earlier on Thursday upheld the Punjab government’s withdrawal of the inquires in the said cases from the CBI.

Amarinder said, “Now the cases will be investigated only by Punjab. The modalities will be announced later.”

Punjab had through a resolution passed in the Vidhan Sabha last year withdrawn a notification giving the inquiry of sacrilege cases to the CBI.

The Congress government had contended that the CBI was sitting over the inquiry. However, the CBI later filed a closure report in a special CBI court at Mohali regarding the cases.

The CBI had said that Punjab could not withdraw the inquiry once given to the central agency. The Punjab government had opposed the closure report. 

Congress leaders have been alleging that the previous SAD-BJP government had done an eye-wash inquiry into the incidents. The incidents were reported from June to December 2015.