Congress leader Sunil Jakhar on Tuesday wanted to bring in a privilege motion against Mansa SSP Bhupinder Singh Khattra in the Vidhan Sabha for linking Congress MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring with a drug smuggler without any clinching evidence. But speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal disallowed it, saying he did not get time to examine the motion.
Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa stood up and said that a day before the House had discussed the issue. “When leader of opposition Sunil Jakhar told the House that the SSP had a dubious past and was also convicted in a case, deputy CM Sukhbir Badal immediately denied that. Jakhar did not contend and sat down,” said Randhawa. He said the fact was that an FIR was registered against the SSP under various sections of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act in 2002. “He was convicted in the case and subsequently dismissed from service in 2011. Sukhbir said the SSP was never convicted or dismissed” said Randhawa, adding that Sukhbir asked Jakhar to check his facts, “which was an insult to Jakhar”.
Sukhbir, however, clarified that since the SSP had gone to a higher court that later exonerated him from the charges, he no longer remained convicted.
The House was adjourned sine die after a motion was moved by parliamentary affairs minister Madan Mohan Mittal.