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Amarinder says he fears arrest

Accusing the Badal government of vendetta,beleaguered former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, facing graft charges, said he feared arrest but will not seek anticipatory bail.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2008 13:39 IST

Accusing the Badal government of vendetta,beleaguered former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, facing graft charges, on Wednesday said he feared arrest but will not seek anticipatory bail even as his party rival Rajinder Bhattal asked him to come clean on the allegations.

"They (Akali-BJP combine) will disqualify me from the Assembly, register a case and arrest me," Singh told reporters ahead of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting here.

Singh, however, said he will not apply for anticipatory bail. The Congress leader was on Friday indicted by a special committee of the Punjab Assembly for alleged irregularities in exempting 32.10 acres of land for private development in Amritsar during his tenure as chief minister.

"I am carrying anticipatory bail plea in my pocket, but I will not use it," Singh said.

He said that the Akali Dal-BJP combine government could take any decision against him but he would not leave unchallenged any move to disqualify him from the House.

"I have put them in jail in a corruption case now they want to take action against me out of vendetta," he said.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Bhattal, Singh's bete noire, said the party stands by Singh but he should explain the allegations against him and let the truth come to fore.

"We have asked Amarinder to bring the truth before the people as such allegations are bringing bad repute to the Congress in the state," the Leader of Opposition said.

Bhattal, who arrived few minutes after Amarinder at the 'Punjab Congress Bhawan' - the venue of CLP meeting -said "its not only Amarinder, the Akalis are harassing other Punjab Congress leaders, workers and activists" too.