Chandigarh:Rejecting as inconclusive the report of Zora Commission, Punjab Government on Friday constituted a fresh Commission of Inquiry, headed by Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh, to investigate all cases of sacrilege in the state.
The government through a notification issued by the Department of Home Affairs and Justice, has included all sacrilege incidents including those involving Srimad Bhagwad Gita and Holy Quran Sharif besides Sri Guru Granth Sahib, in the ambit of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s terms of reference.
The new Commission set up under Section 11 of the Commission of Inquiry Act 1952, has a tenure of six months. The Commission will also enquire into the detailed facts and circumstances and chronology of events of what actually happened and to identify as a matter of fact the role played by various persons into what happened in the various incidents of sacrilege in Faridkot and other places in the state.
The Commission has also been tasked to enquire into the firing in Kotkapura on October 14, 2015 and village Behbalkalan, District Faridkot, in which two persons died.
The notification follows the state government’s conclusion, after taking into careful consideration various factors including Punjab Advocate General’s advice, that the Justice Zora Singh Commission, set up by the previous government, has not answered the very substance of the reference i.e. an enquiry into the incident of sacrilege and the role of the police force.”