Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad, tragic and untimely demise of Jalandhar based principal correspondent of the Hindustan Times Jasdeep Singh Malhotra, who passed away in a fatal road accident near Mukerian on Sunday.
Recalling the outstanding journalistic services rendered by Malhotra during his professional career spanning over nearly two decades, the chief minister described him as a fearless and upright journalist who discharged his duties with utmost dedication, sincerity and professional commitment to pursue the ultimate goal of freedom of press in true spirit. He said that in the death of Malhotra a void has been created in the journalistic fraternity which was difficult to be filled in near future.
Sharing his heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family members, friends and relatives, the chief minister prayed to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and strength to them for bearing this irreparable loss in this hour of grief.
Meanwhile Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Information & Public Relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia also mourned the passing away of Malhotra and shared their heartfelt condolences with the family. They said that in the death of Malhotra the journalistic fraternity has lost an outstanding professional who was ever committed to uphold the glorious traditions of Press as fourth pillar of the Democracy.