(IGP) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, resigned from his services in the wake of the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashing the special investigation team (SIT)’s report on the Kotkapura firing case. However, the Akali Dal is claiming that it is a political move against the Badal’s and Akali Dal. One of the spokespeople even claimed that it is done to defame the party. It was a pre decided decision. Further, this is done to make a foundation so that Kunwar Vijay Pratap can stand in the election next time.
Persuaded CM to accept my resignation, claims IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap
Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh is a loyal, determined, and censurable IPS of batch 1998. During his tenure, he has solved many critical cases like the kidney racket and jail corruption cases. Also, he was appointed to lead the SIT committee which was investigating the case of Punjab Police, probing the IG Paramraj Singh Umranangal’s case. The incidents had taken place in 2015 after the alleged desecration of a religious text in Faridkot.
He reportedly tendered his resignation after the Punjab and Haryana high court had quashed the probe by the SIT into the Kotkapura firing incident.
On Monday, the voluntary retirement plea of Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh has been accepted
The HC had also asked the state government to reconstitute the special investigation team without IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh. However, the verdict copy is still awaited.
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Initially, Punjab CM, Capt. Amrinder Singh had refused to accept the resignation of Singh but the IG-rank officer was firm on his stand. Finally, on April 16, he was able to convince the CM to accept his resignation.
When we look back and talk about the incidents of Kotkapura and behbal kalan firing related to the Bargari Sacrilege Case, then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal have also been questioned and both of them should be challaned in court in both incidents. The recommendation was made by IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh on March 15, about 25 days before the Punjab Haryana High Court canceled the investigation report and removed him from the investigation team in the Kotkapura firing incident.
However, he did not stop there, he sent a 12-page report to the state’s DGP, Additional Chief Secretary Home and Justice Department Punjab, and Director Bureau of Investigation. He has made several important revelations in this report.
Looking back on April 18, 2015, before the HC ordered the reconstitution of an SIT without IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh in the Kotkapura firing case, the IG had written to the DGP and Director, Bureau of Investigation (BoI), accusing SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal of pressuring and luring a key witness with a job. A formal complaint against many police officers was launched. Ajit and his father work as a granthi in a gurdwara at Ghania village of Bathinda.
Ex- IG alleged that some high-profile accused persons in the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing cases were all out to pressure the witnesses, especially those from the underprivileged class. He mentioned about Ajit that he was offered a job by the SGPC.
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Recently in a media conversation, a spokesperson of the Akali Dal, however, has put an allegation on Kunwar Vijay Pratap that he is having the intention to join a political party.
The Shiromani Akali Dal spokesperson said that kunwar Vijay Pratap is doing so and accelerating the situation by creating a hype of the case just to defame Badals and gain political benefit out of it. He clearly stated that it is a big drama going on to lay the foundation of his political career so that he can fight elections next time.
Further, he was pointed out to be a friend of Navjot Singh Sidhu and taking a decision under his influence.
Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said in a statement that he would file a defamation suit against the ex-IG for making false claims in the letter.
The SAD president said the ex-IG was obsessed with targeting the SAD and the Badal family. He knew from the proceedings of the Kotkapura firing case in the high court that his probe would be cast aside. The latest allegation is a result of this deep-rooted frustration and aimed at politicizing a case after wasting three years pursuing the political agenda of the Congress party.
According to him, “It is a clear case of gross misuse of his official position to please his political bosses rather than nailing the culprits in the case.”
However, Kunwar Vijay Pratap said, “The accused tried to put undue pressure and even threat to the life of mine and my family (sic); however, I have maintained a fully professional attitude…. The threat, coercive and abusive language used by Sukhbir Singh Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia could not deter me from the righteous and rightful path…. The same has been reported to the competent authority from time to time. Nothing from the stateside has been done in this regard from the office of the Advocate General, Punjab.”
Further, Kunwar Vijay Pratap requested protection as the matter has become truly crucial and indispensable at this stage in this case. It is a matter of fact that one of the key witnesses Surjit Singh died in January 2020 under mysterious circumstances.
However, there is not any general report other than acceptance of resignation is reported yet from the CM office.