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Kahlon has no moral right to continue: Congress

The Punjab unit of Congress demanded the resignation of Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon

chandigarh Updated: Jul 10, 2010 21:27 IST

The Punjab unit of Congress today demanded the resignation of Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon following filing of the chargesheet by CBI against him in connection with alleged irregularities committed during his tenure as a minister during 1997-2002.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Mohinder Singh Kaypee in a statement said Kahlon had "no moral right" to continue as the Speaker of the state Assembly following the filing of the chargesheet in a CBI court at Patiala yesterday.

CBI filed the chargesheet against Kahlon and 13 others in an alleged recruitment scam during his stint as a Rural Development and Panchayat Minister under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case was registered on June 26, 2003, against Kahlon and 13 others on the basis of a complaint from the then Director, Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, alleging that Kahlon in conspiracy with other accused persons indulged in corruption, cheating and forgery of the records in respect of selection of 909 Panchayat Secretaries from 1997 to 2002 by abusing their official positions.

The PPCC Chief said Kahlon must quit as he had no moral right to continue after having been chargesheeted in this case. He said the filing of the chargesheet by CBI in the Patiala court had also gone to prove that the present Parakash Singh Badal government was not justified in not according sanction to CBI to proceed with the case against Kahlon.