The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday demanded a judicial probe into the “liquor business links” between ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress leaders. Party spokesman and legal cell head Himmat Singh Shergill said news reports about Abohar murder accused Amit Doda claiming that he was in a business meeting with Congress MLA Rana Gurmeet Sodhi needed to be thoroughly probed.
Shergill also sought an inquiry into reports that Rana Sodhi’s family had got a licence for setting up a distillery during the fag-end of Captain Amarinder Singh’s tenure as the Punjab chief minister and that the licence was renewed by deputy CM Sukhbir Badal in 2010.
He said in a statement: “After the brutal murder at SAD leader Shiv Lal Doda’s Abohar farmhouse, there is a chain linking Amarinder, Rana Sodhi, Dodas and Sukhbir. It clearly establishes that Amarinder and Sukhbir have been enhancing the liquor business interests of Congress and SAD leaders and are playing a fixed match. The fact that Sodhi’s sons Anumit and Raghumit got the licence at the fag-end of Amarinder’s term as CM raises many questions. Rana Sodhi has not only been Amarinder’s right-hand man but also his political secretary during his tenure as CM.”
“The facts and circumstances, prima facie, show that Amarinder, Sukhbir and their close associates have common business interests and are actually riding the same boat,” the AAP leader said.
Questioning Amarinder’s statement that he would root out the drug menace in four weeks after coming to power, Shergill said such claims seemed hollow and did not inspire any trust and confidence. “Both Amarinder and Sukhbir have been granting liquor licences during their tenures to politically influential people. It all needs to be comprehensively and independently probed. While the ‘aam aadmi’ suffered, leaders have been promoting alcohol in Punjab,” he added.