Punjab government under fire for holding judicial probe into Moga molestation case  

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said the probe was a bid to quieten public anger

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said the probe was a bid to quieten public anger

The Congress has opposed the Punjab government’s decision to conduct a judicial probe into the Moga molestation case. 

The government on Tuesday had appointed former chief justice V.K. Bali as the investigator in the case. 

“The mala fide decision, of constituting an inquiry commission, has been taken with an ulterior motive to deflect public anger. The truth is that the Badal family is anticipating court strictures against them,” Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa said. 

The Congress leader said the Badal family should be reminded of the recommendations of the Justice Verma Commission after the Nirbhaya case, which made it mandatory for public transport vehicles to do away with tinted glasses and curtains. 

“Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and other owners of Orbit Aviation are guilty of gross criminal negligence. The state government, instead of charging the guilty under Section 304 A of the IPC, is trying to gloss over the fundamental issues of accountability and culpability,” Bajwa alleged. 

Deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh also echoed Bajwa’s views. 

“Since the matter is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, there is no point in setting up a parallel probe,” he said. 

The former chief minister questioned as to why the government had set up a separate panel when the high court had taken suo moto notice of the issue. 

“Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal must have faith in the high court,” he added. 

Amarinder also flayed the CM for his decision to set up a panel to suggest measures for the safety of women in buses.