Terming the Punjab police inquiry that accused him of forging police records to submit a complaint against Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, state Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Thursday demanded an inquiry by a sitting high court judge into the police probe.
“The inquiry done by IGP, counter-intelligence, Gaurav Yadav is trash. To set the record straight, I reveal that it was Swaran Gandhi, sub-inspector at the financial intelligence unit (FIU) (of Punjab Police) in Chandigarh, who approached me through Shashi Kant, former DGP, to hand over some incriminating evidence against Bikram Majithia sometime in mid-July this year,” Khaira said at a press conference here.
But the “inquiry” by Yadav, he noted, claims that Khaira visited the state human rights commission office in Chandigarh to meet Gandhi. “I dare the IGP to prove this point, as it was Swaran Gandhi who came to my house in Chandigarh to hand over the said documents from his laptop, a fact that can be verified through mobile phone tower location records,” Khaira said, terming Yadav as a “mouthpiece” of DGP Sumedh Singh Saini.
Khaira had, at a press conference on July 17 at Chandigarh, alleged that a mobile number (98140-00003) belonging to Majithia was in touch with two men named Pabla and Rohit Goel, and `70 lakh were exchanged through ‘hawala’ transaction. Khaira had also released call details purportedly from financial intelligence unit to strengthen his claim of Majithia’s alleged involvement in the hawala transaction that was further linked with the drug scandal that has rocked Punjab over the past year. In turn, IGP Yadav held a press conference on Wednesday, accusing Khaira of fabricating the phone call record in connivance with a sub-inspector.
“The allegations levelled by him (Yadav) are utterly false, malicious, and made with the intention to intimidate me so that I do not speak against the drug accused minister, Majithia. This is yet another conspiracy of the Badal-Sukhbir-Majithia-Saini foursome to gag my voice,” said Khaira.
He also noted that while he had made charges against Majithia on the basis of the documents in July, the inquiry report of the police was made public after four months, “only when Majithia himself is set to be summoned by the ED (Enforcement Directorate)”.
“Moreover, there is no need to forge the documents against Majithia. Already there is a lot of evidence against him in many cases that are going to land him in big trouble. Therefore, I dare the Badal government to order a thorough investigation by a sitting judge of the high court... [which] could probe my role and that of Bikram Majithia in the entire drug scandal,” Khaira said.