Chandigarh: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday slammed the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) for playing into the hands of the Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Aam Aadmi Party at the same time by trying to abuse an otherwise well-meaning and well-intentioned law aimed at protecting and safeguarding the human rights of the Canadian citizens across the world. The former Punjab Chief Minister also urged the Canadian authorities, both in the government and the judiciary, to ensure that the law is not misused and abused for vested political interests by groups like the SFJ whose anti-India credentials are too well known, and ends up in the harassment of innocent and well meaning people without any shade of evidence against them.
“Otherwise, this law will undermine and defeat the very purpose for which it has been enacted,” he observed. At the same time, he suggested that the Union government must take up the matter of summoning of its leaders and public representatives by the courts in Canada with the Canadian government. “We just cannot be equated with dictatorships where there are no judicial systems and processes in place,” he said, adding, “this involves the question of the sovereignty of a nation with such a strong and transparent judicial system in place and an insult to both (the sovereignty and the judiciary).” Capt Amarinder rejected the allegations levelled in the complaint against him lodged in a Canadian court by the SFJ that there were torture cases of Canadian citizens reported during his Chief Ministership and the police officials allegedly involved in such incidents had been promoted by him.
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