Claiming that cooked-up charges against him were being presented in courts, Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Thursday said he smelled the CM's hand in the plot.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, and director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini were trying to finish his political career, the Congress leader said during a press conference here. "They are unable to bear my attacking the wrong policies of the state government," Khaira added.
He claimed to have gathered by the Right to Information (RTI) Act how Punjab Police, on the direction of the CM and his son, had registered six false cases against him and even implicated his son, Mehtab Singh Khaira, a law graduate. Khaira said that as legislator in 2008, he was one of the four signatories in the Supreme Court seeking that the disproportionate assets and corruption case against the Badal family be shifted from Punjab.
"I also opposed the unconstitutional and wrongful appointment of Saini as DGP, as he was charge-sheeted for heinous crimes in a special CBI court in Delhi," said the Congress leader, alleging Badals to be the hand protecting Bibi Jagir Kaur, Akali legislator from Bholath, who is charged with usurping Begowal nagar panchayat land worth `100 crore, a complaint pending before Punjab Lokpal since 2011.
The Badals, he said, had pressurised the Lokpal to not proceed against her in spite of concrete evidence. He even accused senior leaders of his party of colluding with the Akalis and not coming to his support when "motivated cases" were being lodged.
Khaira regretted that former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh had expressed faith in Punjab Police led by DGP Saini after once accusing of unleashing political vendetta against Congress workers. He didn't name the senior party colleagues he believed were in league with the Akalis but he is known to be a detractor of Rajinder Kaur Bhattal also, besides Amarinder.
First in 2007, at Bholath in Kapurthala district, for stealing a truck tarpaulin; Punjab and Haryana high court quashed it on October 18, 2008, for want of evidence
Second, in 2008 in Begowal, of opposing the "illegitimate" inauguration of waterworks by Akali legislator Bibi Jagir Kaur; not given chance to record his statement, says Khaira
Third in 2012, in Begowal under the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act; includes his son, Mehtab Singh Khaira; both found clean, says Khaira
Fourth in 2012, during the assembly election in Bholath, under bailable laws
Fifth in 2012, fourth case changed next day to under non-bailable sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Act; "Could the Congress afford to abuse the Dalits, a major vote bank, during elections?," Khaira has asked, adding: "Even a superintendent of police stated in the inquiry report that the case was motivated but a charge sheet is in court."
Sixth in 2012, of scuffle at Dhilwan (Kapurthala district); compromise reached