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Cong rejects Jindal commission report giving clean chit to Maluka

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 13, 2014
First Published: 23:10 IST(13/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:12 IST(13/5/2014)

The Punjab Congress has rejected the report of the justice Jindal commission  set up to probe the book and science kit scam  which has given the clean chit to education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka.

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"As expected, the commission has found easy scapegoats in the shape of the three-member committee appointed by the minister. It is also intriguing to note why the CM has kept the report under wraps, although the commission had submitted its findings in December 2013, six months ago," said state Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

The commission has tried to pass on the responsibility of the wrongdoing to the whistleblower and competent IAS officer Kahan Singh Pannu, said Khaira, adding that the delayed, half-hearted and politically motivated report of the justice Jindal Commission, is what the opposition parties, particularly the Congress, had expected.

If this was justice to be rendered by Jindal, why did he take a year to give his findings, questioned Khaira. "How can the commission allow the minister to go scot-free as the three-member committee was set up on the orders of the minister? What about procuring books from some cement pipe-making factory of Mansa? How has the commission justified such an anomaly," questioned Khaira.

The Congress trashes, debunks and outrightly rejects the politically motivated reports, said Khaira, urging the three officials indicted by the commission to come out with the truth and disclose all verbal instructions handed out to them by Maluka. He demanded an impartial probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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