Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa has criticised senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley for failing to call on advocate Vineet Mahajan, who is convalescing in hospital after being injured in an armed assault by some miscreants on May 10.
"Jaitley is devoid of any decency or else he would have called on Mahajan, a fellow lawyer", he said while addressing media persons here on Wednesday.
Pointing out that one of Mahajan's alleged assailants was a local BJP councillor and close associate of cabinet minister Anil Joshi, the PPCC chief said that Jaitley should have risen above party lines and gone and inquired about the victim's health.
"At least, he could have met Mahajan, in his capacity as a lawyer, if not as a BJP leader. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka too came to inquire about a fellow advocate", he said while pointing out to
Jaitley's presence in Amritsar on Tuesday.
When pointed out that Jaitley had condemned the attack on Mahajan, the PPCC chief said that this was not enough. Being a senior leader, Jaitley should ask chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to sack Joshi from the cabinet, he added.
Bajwa termed the attack on Mahajan and the registration of a criminal case against another advocate, Sandeep Gorsi and Congress councillor, Gurinder Rishi, as "clear cases of political vendetta". Both the advocates were members of the Congress and were responsible for putting Joshi in the dock in various cases, he added.
Bajwa also visited the hospital where Mahajan and his younger brother Avneesh are admitted. The younger Mahajan was also injured in the attack.
Describing as absurd the arguments and claims put forward by BJP and Akali leaders that Mahajan had "engineered" the attack on himself to defame Joshi, he said, "Had the advocate and his brother died, then perhaps the BJP and Akalis would have called it a genuine attack".
HAILS HC DECISION
Meanwhile, the PPCC chief welcomed the decision of the Punjab and Haryana high court to issue notices to Punjab government and Joshi in the Mahajan case. The court has also directed Punjab DGP to file status report about 2 FIRs, registered on May 9 and 10 at Civil Lines police station in Amritsar, by May 22 and to provide security to advocates Mahajan and Gorsi.
Bajwa appealed to the high court to get an inquiry instituted in the Mahajan and Gorsi cases by either a sitting or a retired judge of the court.
"Asking the state government to set up a special investigation team (SIT) will yield no worthwhile results, as we have already seen in numerous cases", he added.
NO COMMENTS ON ARVIND KHANNA
Bajwa refused to comment on the decision of the party's Dhuri MLA Arvind Khanna to resign from the state assembly "due to family reasons".
"I will comment only after the Lok Sabha results and also after some more facts about the resignation come out", he said.