Stating that it is a case of pot calling the kettle black,an NGO,which has challenged the appointment of Sumedh Singh Saini as Director General of Police (DGP),Punjab,on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the state government and its political bosses for adhering to double standards on terrorism.
During the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding removal of Saini from the post of DGP,the counsel for the NGO countered the accusations levelled by the state government on the last date of hearing. Saini stands chargesheeted in a case of abduction with attempt to murder registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The state had alleged that the NGO,Voices for Freedom,has a page on a social networking site where terrorists and radicals have been sharing their views.
In a reply filed on Thursday,the NGO said the government has accused it (the NGO) of justifying the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh. But,the top political bosses of the government of Punjab,including the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister,were clamouring for his (Beants convicted assassin Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar) clemency and boasting about it on the television that he should not be hanged,though for political reasons. The respondents have taken the plea that the petitioner have supported Bhullar. Even the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab have pleaded for clemency for him. If the petitioners are sought to be blacklisted for their support to Bhullar,how does the government explain the conduct of the CM and the deputy CM? The affidavit of the Home Secretary by implication indicts his own political bosses, the NGOs reply reads.
The NGO added that it was aware of all the proceedings against Saini. Therefore,the question remains unanswered as to how in these circumstances when he was facing criminal trial,he was promoted from post to post without following the procedure prescribed by the Supreme Court.
The Bench hearing the petition questioned as to how was Saini appointed despite having a criminal trial pending against him. The court also expressed its surprise over the promotion and appointment of Saini. To ascertain whether any other police officer was considered before making Saini the DGP,the court asked the Punjab government to produce the record of his promotion and appointment as DGP. The case will now come up for resumed hearing on July 31.