Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday ruled out handing over the case of drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), adding that the state government did not want the involvement of any central agency in the ongoing investigation.
"Who is forcing Bhola to stay silent? He should reveal the names of ministers allegedly involved in the drug trade to the state police and we are capable of conducting a fair investigation," he said while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function organised by the horticulture department here.
Former deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Bhola had on December 19 claimed that three cabinet ministers were involved in the drug trade and he was willing to reveal their names if the case was handed over to the CBI.
When asked why the state government was now pitching for the parole of three prisoners in view of Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa's agitation even though it had denied the same to them in 2008, Badal replied, "That (parole) was denied by the district administration. Such issues are normally decided by the jail superintendent and the district administration. The state government is a different entity."
On the failure of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) management to run its affairs, the CM said, "The state government has very little to do in matters of the society to whom the institute was transferred on lease for 99 years. We are trying for an amicable and permanent solution to the crisis."
On curtailing security to Punjab leaders in view of Delhi CM-to-be Arvind Kejriwal's decision to refuse security cover, he said it was the Centre which decided what type of security was to be provided under the Z-plus category and "we are bound to follow it".
"Refusing security cover was his (Kejriwal's) individual decision. We are all bound by the instructions of the home department as far as the CM's security is concerned. There is no question of curtailing it and we are not pitching for it," he said.
On the Aam Aadmi Party's drive to enrol members, the CM said, "It's too early to comment on Kejriwal. Every political party has the right to enrol workers. In Punjab, we see no threat from him. Let him show his capability in Delhi first."
On police inaction against Bahujan Samaj Party leaders who blocked the national highway for six hours on Tuesday, holding the city to ransom, the CM said, "Asi sab kuch dekhde haa, saanu kai kujh dekhna painda hai (We notice everything, we have to see so many things)."