People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Thursday condemned the Punjab police for its ‘sharp reaction’ to state Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s stand on revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia’s alleged involvement in hawala transactions.
Manpreet said the state police were being used to silence Khaira’s voice against ‘misdeeds’ of the Parkash Singh Badal government, with the latest case being the resurfacing of Majithia’s name in the international drug racket.
The PPP chief added that the allegations levelled against Khaira by inspector general of police (IGP) Gaurav Yadav about certain documents produced by him being fictitious were utterly false and malicious.
“The entire story has been concocted by the police. It is a clear case of an authoritarian approach being resorted to in an attempt to crush the democratic right of the people to expose the government’s misdeeds,” Manpreet said.
He dared chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to order a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court into drug smuggling in the state, with reference to the allegations against Majithia and the charges being levelled by the police against Khaira.
Citing the Punjab cops’ assertions that a sub-inspector (SI) had connived with Khaira to malign Majithia by allegedly tampering with the records, Manpreet said no junior official should be made a scapegoat in this case.
The PPP chief said the SI’s arrest was also an attempt to use him against Khaira.
Manpreet said his party would confront such attempts by the police to crush the Badal government’s adversaries. He said his party was with Khaira and all those who were trying to expose corruption in this government.
Manpreet, a former finance minister, had contested on the Congress ticket from the Bathinda seat in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. He had lost to Akali candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal.