Rahul Gandhi Meets President Pranab Mukherjee | Holy Book Desecration

A delegation of Punjab Congress led by Rahul Gandhi today petitioned President Pranab Mukherjee for a judicial probe into the killing of two persons in police firing during recent protests in the state over alleged desecration of Guru Granth Sahib. Raising the demand for a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge in a meeting with the President, the Congress leaders rejected the CBI probe ordered by Punjab government, saying its terms of reference did not include the role of police whose action left two people dead while injuring several others. Gandhi told reporters later that it was not a question of ensuring justice for the two families but of restoring peace in Punjab and giving justice to the state. “I went to Punjab and met the families of the victims. We feel that the Punjab government is unable to provide justice to them. That is why I came with Congress leaders from Punjab and the President gave us a patient hearing. “It is not a question of giving justice to two families. It is a question of giving justice to Punjab. That is why the Congress party has come here. The Chief Minister there should provide justice to Punjab quickly,” said the Congress Vice President. A memorandum submitted by the delegation to the President said, “We request you to intervene urgently and ensure that a judicial inquiry be ordered by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India and that the inquiry be completed in a time- bound manner.”

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