Captain denies any role in summoning of Badals in sacrilege case

    Chandigarh [India], Nov 12 (TEH): Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday made it clear that his government had no role in the summoning of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal and actor Akshay Kumar by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2015 sacrilege and police firing incidents.”The SIT is an independent entity and is functioning without any government interference,” he said in response to a question while addressing the media after inaugurating the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital in Sangrur in Punjab. “My government’s job was to form the SIT as per the unanimous decision of the Vidhan Sabha, which it has done, and now the onus of investigation is on the SIT,” said the Chief Minister.In response to another question, the Chief Minister reiterated his government’s commitment to ensuring that every single grain of the farmers is lifted from the grain markets. He had already written to Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to resolve the moisture content issue, he said, adding that the problem had arisen due to the untimely and excessive rainfall just ahead of the harvest.On the issue of shortage of doctors in the government hospitals, the Chief Minister said that 588 doctors would be posted shortly in all hospitals. He said that he was in favour of posting of doctors close to their place of residence to ensure more effective functioning.To a question on the ongoing teachers’ protest in the state, the Chief Minister said that the government had given a fair offer to teachers to either join regular services as probationers or continue on contract basis. “It is up to them now to accept or reject the offer,” he added. (TEH)

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