Chandigarh: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab police on Wednesday quizzed Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar over his reported meeting between Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and former deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in 2015, media reports said.
The meeting reportedly took place at the actor’s Mumbai flat in connection with the release of Dera head’s movie “MSG.”
The SIT is probing the 2015 police firing incidents at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura in the state following cases of sacrilege in Faridkot.
Soon after his arrival at the Chandigarh airport, the actor headed straight to the Punjab Police headquarters at sector-9. He refused to talk to reporters at the airport.
The SIT wants to question Kumar as his name was mentioned in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents. The SIT had earlier asked him to appear before it on November 21 at the Amritsar circuit house. However, police later allowed the actor to appear before the SIT at Chandigarh.
The Justice Ranjit Singh commission report, which was tabled in the Punjab Assembly in August, had given a reference of a letter written (October 9, 2017) to it by former MLA Harbans Jalal claiming that a meeting between Sukhbir Badal and Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim took place at the actor’s flat.
The meeting was allegedly held before the Dera chief was pardoned in a blasphemy case. The movie “MSG” was not released in Punjab in September 2015 because of an edict by the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, against it.
Kumar has denied arranging any meeting between former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and the Dera Sacha Sauda sect head. The actor has also denied having ever met the Sirsa headquartered Dera head, who is currently serving a 20-year jail term in a rape case.
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