The two-representative commission of inquiry set up by the Capt Amarinder Singh government has so far obtained more than 2,500 complaints of alleged excesses committed against Congress workers during the SAD-BJP government.
A number of individuals who were not affiliated with any party have also approached the commission. Justice Mehtab Singh Gill (retd) governs the commission, while elder judge BS Mehndiratta (retd) is a representative. The commission was established in April on the insistence of Congress workers.
Of late, some section of party leaders have impute blame to the CM of not taking action against some Akali leaders or their helpers who had allegedly harassed not just workers, but also some elder leaders.
On an average, over 250 complaints are being derived daily by the commission by post daily for the previous few days. It is operating from Forest Complex in Mohali. “We have decided to take complaints even after June 30, the time limit for filing complaints,” said an official.
Almost 20 per cent of the complainants have alleged they were booked in false drugs smuggling cases at the order of a political leader. Official also told that they are yet to classify the complaints into categories. It is proving to be a hard work.
The first summons have been furnished to some police officers and lower rung political leaders for arise before the commission on July 10. The commission has not declared the identity of those summoned.
It has put on information nearly 100 police officers for responding to a complaint or for enlisting documents related to a complaint. The list involves high-ranking officers also.
The process of submitting the complaint has been made simple. It includes filling one form supplied by the commission. The complainant has to add an affidavit and two witnesses with copies of the FIR(s). The complainant can render the application by hand or by post. The staff even provide printed slips of its correspondence address in English for the comfort of the complainants.