Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Monday said the SAD- BJP government did not believe in political vendetta and had “never ever followed such a policy”.
Speaking in the Vidhan Sabha on the issue of alleged involvement of the Congress MLA from Gidderbaha, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, in a drug trafficking case, Sukhbir said he has directed the director general of police (DGP) to give him the exact facts in the case so that appropriate action could be taken.
He assured the House that the law would take its own course and “the innocent, irrespective of their political affiliations, need not worry”. Referring to Warring, he said, “He is not to worry if he is not guilty.”
Warring’s name was shared by the police after the arrest of a peddler, but the allegations are based merely on a preliminary probe as his phone number was found saved on the mobile phone of the arrested peddler.
Even as there are questions over the police acting in haste over Warring’s alleged link with drug racket, Sukhbir urged the leaders of all the parties “not to play politics” on an issue like drugs, “as it not only defames the person concerned but also the state that has launched a crusade against drugs”.
Appreciating the role of the police in dealing with drug peddlers, Sukhbir said, “We have embarked upon a strategy to nab the base source of drugs as Punjab is not a producer but is being used as transit route by drug suppliers. Punjab Police has not only performed its duty in checking the smuggling of drugs from within the state, but also acted swiftly to keep a check on the supply of drugs from across the border which was supposed to be done by the BSF (Border Security Force) and other central agencies.”
Informing the House about the increase in conviction rate in drug cases, Sukhbir said in 2002 it was only 47%, and rose to 73% in 2012, 80.5% in 2013, and 81.2% so far in 2014.