The Punjab Congress on Thursday alleged that justice AN Jindal (retd), appointed to conduct a judicial probe into the book scam, has deep connections with the SAD-BJP government and hence should recuse himself from the inquiry.
State Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira said these 'revelations' had vindicated Congress' allegations of a quid-pro-quo arrangement between justice Jindal and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to save education minister Sikander Singh Maluka, who is facing the heat in various financial irregularities in his department.
Khaira said Deepak Garg, deputy advocate general, Punjab, is the son of Sheetal Garg, justice Jindal's brother-in-law. He added that Maluka had played a key role in Deepak Garg's appointment.
Khaira said another link is of Ashwani Garg the other son of Justice Jindal's brother in law. Ashwani Garg is the general secretary of the BJP unit of district Barnala. Hence there should not be an iota of doubt that Justice Jindal and the SAD-BJP government enjoy extreme proximity through the Garg family. Keeping in view various links of Justice Jindal with both the ruling alliance partners SAD and the BJP, there can be no chance for a fair and impartial probe.