Amarinder questions Jaitely's silence over attack on lawyer

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 11, 2014 23:56 IST

Former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh questioned BJP leader Arun Jaitely's silence over the murderous assault on a local lawyer on whose complaint state cabinet minister Anil Joshi was booked in the 'dual vote' case.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, he also highlighted the registration of a case of attempt to murder against another complainant in the Joshi case, terming it as a "false case".

Amarinder, Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok sabha seat, observed that his BJP rival Jaitely voices his opinion on each and everything that takes place under the sun, but has maintained an intriguing silence over the recent incidents of murderous assault on a lawyer and a false case against another, who happen to be his professional colleagues as he himself is a lawyer.

"Jaitely's silence on the issue will only amount to his acquiescence and approval of whatever Joshi has been doing in Amritsar", he remarked.

The Congress leader observed that given his posturing as an aspiring representative of the people of Amritsar, Jaitely is not expected to maintain silence on such a serious issue which has already forced the lawyers here to strike down their work.

"Even as a lawyer, he should have at least had some empathy for his fellow colleagues who were being victimised with his patronage", he said.

Amarinder warned that in case Jaitely did not "tame his people like Joshi who are turning rabid in frustration it can have disastrous consequences and he shall be responsible".

He said, "An impression has been created that the people who attacked Vineet Mahajan and before that tried to assault Sandeep Gorsi and later got a case of attempt to murder registered against him, are doing it with Jaitely's patronage, if not at his behest", he alleged.

"Jaitely's silence will only reinforce the public perception that he is approving of it and has become a part of political vendetta already being practised in the state by the Akali-BJP alliance", he added.

Warning of dangerous repercussions, the former CM said that there was lot of anger and resentment among the Congress workers and it will be difficult to control their anguish. "And if they decide to retaliate the same way, which they are fully capable of, as the BJP workers are doing, it will have dangerous repercussions for the peace in the holy city", he said.

Meanwhile, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa demanded registration
of an FIR against Joshi and his immediate arrest in connection with the attack on Mahajan.

In a statement issued on Sunday, he said, "What is all the more shocking is that Mahajan was attacked within no time of his claiming at a news conference that he would be assaulted by the "goondas of Joshi".

He urged the Election Commissionand the chief electoral officer of Punjab to direct the police to take immediate action against Joshi as he had no faith in the state administration as till the declaration of poll results on May 16, the EC was incharge.

He also demanded that the case against Gorsi and Rishi, should be withdrawn immediately.

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