The Punjab Congress on Tuesday reiterated its demand for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia after druglord Jagdish Bhola named the latter as the mastermind of the drug racket.
Addressing a press conference here, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said the sensational disclosure by the kingpin of the Rs 6,000-crore drug racket had brought to the fore a deep nexus between the drug mafia, powerful politicians and the Punjab Police.
"It is not the first time that Bhola has spoken about the involvement of Akali ministers in the drug trade. It was on December 20 last year that he had first disclosed the involvement of three Akali ministers, one each from Majha, Doaba and Malwa," Khaira added.
Khaira also released a picture of Maninder Singh Bittu Aulakh, who is currently in the judicial custody in the drug racket case, standing alongside deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Majithia at the Christmas function in Ajnala on December 23, 2012.
"The first name that Bhola had disclosed after his arrest in November was of Aulakh. The picture clearly shows close proximity of Bittu with Sukhbir and Majithia as no ordinary person is allowed by the security personnel to share the stage with the deputy chief minister and the revenue minister," said Khaira.
He also criticised those who questioned Bhola for not naming Majithia inside the court but disclosing his name before the media just to defame the Akali minister. "Bhola also did not disclose Aulakh's name in the court. The police recorded Bhola's disclosure during the course of the investigation. Now what prevents the Punjab Police from recording Bhola's statement against Majithia and begin the investigation? Bhola probably did not take Majithia's name during the police investigation as he is too powerful," added Khaira.
The PPCC spokesman said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should remove Sukhbir in his capacity as home minister for obstructing and creating hurdles and putting pressure on the police to save his brother-in-law.