Give police free hand to probe stalking case: Punjab CM

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New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday demanded that the Chandigarh police should be given a free hand to probe the Varnika Kundu stalking case, with no attempt to pressurise them.

He also dismissed the demand for the resignation of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on moral grounds over the stalking case as “absurd”.

Talking to mediapersons outside Parliament House, the Punjab Chief Minister said: “Police should be allowed to investigate the high-profile case freely and independently.”

“No attempt should be made to dilute the charges against the accused. No political interference should be brooked in the case and police should have complete authority to probe the matter in a neutral manner, as per the due process of law,” added Singh.

On the demand for Rajnath Singh’s resignation, the Punjab Chief Minister said: “How can Rajnath be held responsible for the incident, or for that matter for any such irresponsible behaviour involving individuals or party leaders or their kin in any part of the country, be it even Punjab.”

“Action needs to be taken against the accused to ensure justice for the girl and also to send out a strong signal that misuse of political power to undermine any institution, including police, was not acceptable,” Singh added.

–IANS

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