Khaira questions minister’s defence on links with accused NRIs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2014 12:44 IST

The Punjab Congress on Tuesday questioned the defence put up by revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia to his alleged links with Canada-based drug dealers.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, party spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira said he had written Majithia an open letter with eight posers, questioning his defence.

“The minister has argued that merely knowing two NRIs (involved in drug business) does not make him an accused and also that it was his government that busted the Rs 6,000 crore racket, hence he is innocent.

Does busting the racket by the government automatically mean he is innocent?” Khaira said.

Showing the pictures of accused Bittu Aulakh offering sweets to Majithia, sharing stage with both CM Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Badal on different occasions, Khaira asked Majithia if Aulakh was only an acquaintance or general secretary of Youth Akali Dal appointed by him. “Does Aulakh offering sweets to Majithia not show close proximity?” he said.

He also asked the minister to respond to his charge of receiving Rs 70 lakh “hawala” money on April 18, 2011 from Pinky Goyal, courier of “hawala-king” Gurmeet Manchanda, now lodged with Jagdish Bhola in the Nabha jail. “The record of hawala transaction was prepared by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Punjab Police. They arrested a few people but why was the transaction with Majithia not followed up,” he asked.

His other poser was if the minister provided VIP treatment such as gunmen, vehicles, etc, to all NRIs during their visits to Punjab. “Is it true that Satta and Pindi were present at your wedding in November 2009? Your brother-in-law, Sukhbir Badal, and DGP Sumedh Saini jump the gun to give you a clean chit within hours of Jagdish Bhola naming you a co-accused before the media. Is it not a clear sign of panic and a blatant attempt to cover up?” the letter says.

He also questioned as to which criminal justice system of the world disallows to rely upon disclosures of an accused? “You argue that Jagdish Bhola’s accusations against you are false because he is a criminal and an accused; how else do the police crack a crime? And lastly, why is your government dithering on a CBI probe; is the CBI still the Congress Bureau of Investigation or is it under the Modi government, in which your sister Harsimrat Kaur is a minister,” the letter adds.

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