The Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) clean chit to former Patiala mayor Jaspal Singh Pardhan, who was booked for the murder of a woman in February 2013, may give boost to his political career.
Pardhan has approached cabinet minister Sikandhar Singh Maluka, Janmeja Singh Sekhon and Surjit Singh Rakhra. He has also sought time from the party president, Sukhbir Badal, to put forth his case.
An Akali Dal minister, reportedly, has also put forward Jaspal’s case for reappointment.
Sources in the party say he may be appointed as the president of the Akali Dal (Patiala Urban) or a chairman at some other place.
“I came to know from the media that I got a clean chit in the murder case of Parampreet. I never committed the crime I was booked for. My political opponents framed me a false case when my career was at peak, said Pardhan, adding, “I have faith on the party leadership, who have assured me space in the party.”
“The case has taken three years of my political career. Now, I hope that the party will restore my status on the same post,” he said, adding that once the CBI presents the report in the court, he will expose the leaders, who had framed him.
Meanwhile, the investigation report, which has been finalised and cleared from the Delhi head office, will be submitted in the court next week, said an investigating official.
“The CBI has found nothing incriminating against Jaspal Singh, against whom the probe was focused. The CBI concluded its report on the basis of scientific evidences,” the official added.
The CBI, in its report, said it was a case of suicide.