2015 Sacrilege case: Akshay Kumar quizzed by SIT, denies meeting Sukhbir Badal outside Punjab
Chandigarh, Nov 21: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Wednesday appeared before a special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police which is investigating the incidents of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib and the subsequent firing on protesters in 2015.
Kumar arrived at the Punjab police headquarters in Chandigarh at 9:30am after the special team sent him a notice under Section 160 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) on November 11 to appear before it.
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.''
''I have never met Sukhbir Singh Badal outside Punjab. It's being said that the meeting happened at my home in 2015 but at that time I was busy shooting for movies Baby and Gabbar is Back,'' he further said.
Kumar was questioned regarding his alleged role in brokering a deal between the controversial godman, who was later convicted of rape and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment and Sukhbir Badal in Mumbai in 2015 just days before the release of a film of the godman.
However, Kumar has denied that he arranged any such meeting or had any role in brokering the deal.
The SIT has given Akshay Kumar the option of appearing before it in Chandigarh instead of Amritsar. The Punjab Police SIT had earlier summoned Kumar to Amritsar circuit house on November 21.
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 when the Akali Dal-BJP alliance government headed by Parkash Singh Badal was in power in the state.
Two persons were killed in the police firing in Behbal Kalan village near Kotkapura town in Faridkot district.
(with PTI inputs)