Bargari case: Akshay Kumar appears before Punjab Police SIT

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Actor Akshay Kumar appeared at Punjab Police headquarters in Chandigarh on Wednesday morning to record his statement with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the sacrilege incident of the Guru Granth Sahib and the subsequent firing on the protestors in 2015.

SIT had sent him a notice under Section 160 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) on November 11 to appear before it.

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Kumar was reportedly questioned regarding a meeting between Sukhbir Singh Badal and Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in connection with the release of Rahim’s movie – ‘MSG’ which was held at actor’s flat in Mumbai in 2015.

The SIT questioned Kumar as his name was mentioned in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents.

The Justice Ranjit Singh commission report, which was tabled in the Punjab Assembly in August, had given a reference of a letter written by former MLA Harbans Jalal claiming that a meeting between Sukhbir Badal and Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim took place ay the actor’s flat.

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Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said earlier that his government had no role in the summoning of the Badals and actor Akshay Kumar by the SIT.

The SIT was set up by the Amarinder government in September this year to probe cases of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and the firing ordered on those protesting against the sacrilege cases in October 2015.

In a statement, Kumar said,”I don’t know why I’ve been dragged in this case. All allegations of the meeting looks like a script of a movie. I was in Punjab in 2011 for a performance that’s when I happen to meet Sukhbir Badal.”

The actor had also denied having ever met Sirsa-headquartered Dera’s chief, who is currently serving a 20-year jail term in two rape cases.

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“It has come to my knowledge that some rumours and false statements are being loosely made on social media about my involvement with a person named Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the context of a fictitious meeting involving Sukhbir Singh Badal,” Akshay Kumar had said in the tweet.

“With all humility, I would like to state the following facts. I have never ever met Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in my life, anywhere. I learnt from social media at some point that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh resided for a while at some place in my locality Juhu in Mumbai but we never crossed each other’s paths,” Kumar had said on the micro-blogging site.

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