Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday demanded an explanation from chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy CM son, Sukhbir Singh Badal, over the revelations by superintendent of police Salwinder Singh in the custody of National Investigation Agency (NIA).
“The revelations are too grave. The Badals must come out with an answer,” he said, hoping that the NIA will expand the scope of the inquiry to expose the people who helped and patronised the SP. Reacting to the SP’s reported disclosure to the NIA that he was paid in diamonds for facilitating cross-border drug smuggling, Amarinder said: “The Badals can’t wash their hands off it by simply putting the onus on the Centre and the Union Home Ministry. The rot lies within Punjab police as much.”
He said the SP was an employee of the home department led by Sukhbir, “who should own responsibility”. “The SP has been posted in the same area for a long time. How was he never noticed?” Amarinder sought to know. “His alleged crime is a direct outcome of the systematic undermining of the police hierarchical system by the Akalis. When police officials are made accountable to jathedars instead of own senior officers, the system is bound to collapse,” he said.