July 8, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Mohali: A special CBI court in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali) sent the three Dera Sauda Sirsa followers arrested in the 2015 case of beadbi of Guru Granth Sahib at village Bargari (District Faridkot) to seven-day police remand on Friday (July 6). The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team probing the cases had produced the trio — Mohinder Pal Bittu, Sukhjinder Singh alias Sunny Kanda and Shakti Singh — in court on Friday.
Trio had been lodged at Modern Jail, Faridkot, after a Moga court sent them to judicial custody in a 2011 arson case in the district.
A report in Hindustan Times (HT) has quoted undisclosed sources saying that “this was a major development in the Bargari sacrilege cases and added that it was only after finding merit in evidence that the Punjab Police special investigation team (SIT) had collected, had the CBI had taken custody of the three suspects”.
The CBI is probing three cases — the theft of a ‘Saroop’ of Guru Granth Sahib from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in Kotkapura of Faridkot on June 1, 2015; a poster pasted at Bargari village in the district on September 25, 2015, and the beadbi of Guru Granth Sahib in the Bargari village on October 12, 2015.
Main accused recorded statement in court last month
As per media reports, on June 20, Mohinder Pal Bittu recorded his statement before a Moga magistrate under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
“Bittu confessed that he had hatched the conspiracy. After his confession, we started the process to recover the ‘bir’ and will make every possible effort to recover it,” DIG Ranbir Singh Khatra, SIT head, had said then (according to HT).