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Former judge quits panel probing missing ‘saroops’

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 30

Navita Singh, a retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court appointed by Akal Takht to probe the 267 missing 'saroops' case, has withdrawn from the investigation.

It is learnt that Justice Navita Singh has sent a letter to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, expressing inability to spare time to probe the matter due to domestic reasons.

After a section of the Sikh community expressed doubts over the fairness of the panel constituted by the SGPC to investigate the case, the latter asked Akal Takht to set up a probe panel. Giani Harpreet Singh then appointed Navita Singh on July 16 to probe the case. Telangana High Court advocate Ishar Singh was nominated to assist her in the investigation.

Ishar Singh, along with his supporting staff, has already initiated the probe by taking possession of the records pertaining to the 'saroops' from the publication department of the SGPC. He has started the process of recording the statements of the stakeholders.

After Navita Singh declared to quit the panel, Giani Harpreet Singh made Ishar Singh the chief investigator and appointed another High Court lawyer, Harpreet Kaur, and CA Harleen Kaur, as his assistants in the probe, which is to be completed within a month.

"It will not affect the fairness of the probe. As and when the report is submitted to Akal Takht, action will be taken," Giani Harpreet Singh said. On the other hand, the main complainant — activists of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation — expressed displeasure over the development.

from The Tribune

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