We have nothing to do with transfer of ED official: Punjab CM Badal
Two days after the Enforcement Directorate transferred its main investigator probing the multi-crore drug case in Punjab, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said his government had nothing to do with the transfer of the ED official.chandigarh Updated: Jan 18, 2015 17:45 IST
Two days after the Enforcement Directorate transferred its main investigator probing the multi-crore drug case in Punjab, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said his government had nothing to do with the transfer of the ED official.
"We have nothing to do with the transfer of Jalandhar- based official of the of the ED, including its assistant director Niranjan Singh," he said here.
"The transfer of ED official is a matter purely under the jurisdiction of the Central government and the Punjab government has never been consulted or taken into confidence on the issue," he said.
Singh was conducting an enquiry into a drug related case in which Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, a close relative of Badal, was also summoned recently.
SAD is an ally of NDA at the Centre and the revenue minister's sister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is also wife of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, is a Union Minister in the Narendra Modi's cabinet.
Putting the ball in Centre's court on opposition political parties, including Congress, demanding the enquiry to be held in a state other than Punjab, Badal said "it is again a matter under the purview of the Union government as to where they should hold the enquiry."
Justifying the ban on the screening and viewing of film 'Messenger of God' (MSG) featuring Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh in Punjab, he said the film would have created a law and order problem in the event of its release in the state.
"Several intelligence agencies had provided the inputs regarding the possibility of a law and order problem in the state after the release of the film," he said.
The decision to transfer ED's Assistant Director Niranjan Singh based in Jalandhar to Kolkata was slammed by Congress which alleged political expediency behind the move and demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention for a probe by CBI or a Supreme Court judge into the drug scam.
According to sources, the transfer orders were issued on January 16 by the agency's headquarters in New Delhi.