Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh has cancelled his Canada visit in the wake of a complaint against him by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organisation.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, Amarinder said he would reschedule the trip later and that the new dates would be decided after the complaint filed against him in a Canadian court is sorted out.
The complaint was filed by SFJ on behalf of a Canada-based NRI who was allegedly tortured during Amarinder’s tenure as CM of Punjab.
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“I regret postponing my visit to Canada but this has been done to avoid any ugly confrontation or untoward situation,” his statement to Canada’s NRIs said. “I will fight this case legally to the finish and come to you once it is sorted out through due legal process.”
Amarinder said he rescheduled his visit following the advice of his Canada-based lawyers. He claimed that SFJ was backed by Pakistan’s ISI. Quoting his lawyers, he said, the complaint was in violation of the Canadian laws and its Constitution and it would be rejected by the court. He said he would not be deterred by such complaints by known India baiters who are doing the bidding of anti-India forces like the ISI.
The former CM added that according to his lawyers, it will take three weeks for the complaint to be decided.