SAD urges Governor to refuse assent to Congressman Justice Gill’s appointment as Lokpal
Sukhbir Badal leads SAD delegation which submits memorandum to Governor stating Justice Gill does not meet constitutional, political and moral qualifications to occupy august post of Lokpal
The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photos By T S Bedi
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) urged Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore to refuse assent to the appointment of Congressman Justice (retd) Mehtab Singh Gill as Lokpal, saying Gill did not meet the constitutional, political and moral qualifications needed to be eligible for this august post.
A joint SAD-BJP delegation led by party president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Parveen Bansal submitted a memorandum to the Governor detailing Justice Gill’s close association with the Congress party as well as chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, his abuse of power as head of Commission of Inquiry formed by the Congress government as well as his tainted record as judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court during the course of which he was accused of malpractices including using his influence with disgraced former PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu to get jobs for his kin in the State government.
The delegation stressed that the Lok Pal should be a man of impeccable character and represent Public Interest and not Private Interest as was the case of Justice Gill who could not be trusted to deal with complaints received by him in an impartial and fair manner. It said the judge was also barred from holding this august post as per the Punjab Lokpal Act (1996) which stated that Lokpal shall not be connected with any political party.
Briefing the Governor, Sukhbir Badal informed that Justice Gill wore his allegiance to the Congress party on his sleeve. He said the judge had provided his residence in Charik village in Moga to then Pradesh Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh during the 2013 Moga by-election for use as Amarinder’s residence cum camp office. He said this was not all. “During the run up to the 2017 assembly elections, Capt Amarinder appointed Justice Gill to a committee which was assigned with preparing the blueprint for the Congress party’s election manifesto”.
Detailing Justice Gill’s role as head of Commission of Inquiry to look into alleged false cases, the delegation members said the retired judge had brazenly misused his powers and transgressed into the jurisdiction of investigation agencies and courts by arbitrarily cancelling FIRs purely based on his proximity with the Congress government. They said Justice Gill had thus followed the whip, command and dictate of the Congress government as head of the Commission of Inquiry.