The Punjab Congress has jumped at the suggestion of state revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia to transfer the Bhola drug-trafficking case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Majithia's offer has come when the arrest of Manjinder Singh Bittu Aulakh, general secretary the Youth Akali Dal (YAD), has linked big leaders of the state's ruling party to the racket.
"If the offer is sincere, and can lead to a lasting solution to Punjab's drug-abuse problem, we welcome it," Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said here on Sunday.
Besides Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) member of Parliament Rattan Singh Ajnala and his son, Amarpal Singh Bonny, SAD legislator from Ajnala, the finger of suspicion was on Majithia as well, as he was president of the YAD, said Khaira.
Since busting the network that was run allegedly by dismissed Punjab Police officer Jagdish Bhola, police claimed to have seized local-made drugs worth more than Rs 1,000-crore and uncovered a nexus between drug lords, powerful politicians, and police.
"It has also come to light that official cars were used to haul drugs. Neither the accused MP nor his legislator son has refuted these serious allegations of the interrogated drug lords," said Khaira. The Congress leader referred to the YAD leaders' previous criminal cases, including murder of policemen and drug trafficking. "The YAD sticker on official cars is a licence to smuggle drugs," said Khaira.
Referring to drug haul seized from the farm house of "kingpin" Raja Kandhola near Samrala, Khaira said he had pointed to the man's nexus with leaders in the past. The Congress was always in favour of independent inquiry into the racket.