Acknowledging the summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday assured full cooperation to the agency in its probe into the drug scam, saying that he also wanted an end to the "witch hunt engineered against me by his political enemies".
In a statement here, Majithia said, "In fact, I was not at home when the summons were delivered at my residence, and with the motive of cooperating I contacted the concerned ED official on phone and directed my staff to receive the summons immediately."
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Majithia said he was clear that the truth should surface, as, he added, there was a malicious campaign against him that would be stopped now. "I know I am innocent but continue to be subjected to a media trial. Certain leaders, including Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, have even gone to court but failed to present any evidence against me and now are trying to create a wrong perception against me through the media. All allegations are baseless and are not backed by any evidence."
He added, "I would also like to state that five central investigating agencies under the (previous) Congress-led UPA regime (at the Centre) had gone into the allegations leveled against me and found nothing. Similarly the PIL (public interest litigation) filed by a few Congress leaders against me was also dismissed by the high court with the petitioners being told not to politicise the drug issue."