Congress MP from Gurdaspur Partap Singh Bajwa has urged Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice AK Sikri to take suo motu note of the large-scale corruption charges against some current and former cabinet ministers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and get the allegations probed by a sitting judge of the high court.
Bajwa, who is in Quebec (Canada) to participate in the 127th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union as part of the Indian delegation of five parliamentarians led by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, stated that for the past many months, the media has been highlighting the corruption of the Akali ministers.
Bajwa said Sucha Singh Langah, former Punjab agriculture minister (2007-2012) not only received grants for his family-managed educational institutes from his Akali cabinet colleagues but also got a prime plot at a throwaway price in Gurdaspur in the name of Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College Society, that he heads.
Bajwa said Langah managed to get the plot for merely Rs 65 lakh, whereas its market price was nearly Rs 10 crore.
He said former Akali minister Gulzar Singh Ranike had to resign from the cabinet after the media highlighted how his personal assistant (PA) Sarabdyal Singh, who is now in police custody, and others misappropriated discretionary grants.
There were also allegations against Ranike and his staff of misusing border area development funds and money meant for the Shagun scheme and how actual beneficiaries were deprived of welfare grants, said Bajwa, adding that similar charges also figured in the media against former SAD minister Hira Singh Gabria.
Bajwa recalled that former education minister Tota Singh also had to quit the cabinet after he was convicted of misusing his official vehicle.
"All the aforesaid factors indicate that there is a serious rot in the SAD and it needs a thorough probe by a sitting high court judge to bring out the truth against all allegations leveled against SAD ministers," said Bajwa.
Bajwa said he had deliberately not sought a CBI probe as the Akalis always blamed that the premier investigating agency was under the thumb of the government at the Centre.