The Congress has taken exception to the handing over of the probe pertaining to illegal hotels in the periphery of the Golden Temple to Rahul Tiwari, deputy principal secretary to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, alleging that the move is aimed at putting the inquiry pertaining to officials close to cabinet minister Anil Joshi on the back burner. The opposition party has now demanded an inquiry into the handing over of the probe into illegal hotels to Tiwari.
The issue was raised by Congress councilors, led by leader of the opposition Rajkanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky in the Amritsar Municipal Corporation house, at a press conference here on Saturday,
“More than one-and-a-half-months have passed since the inquiry was handed to him, but Tiwari is yet to set foot in the city,” said Lucky. He added that the inquiry pertaining to the fuel scam and irregularities in auction of 4000 square yards land had not even taken off yet, when the local bodies department entrusted the probe into illegal hotels in the periphery of Golden Temple to him.
“Joshi had entrusted the probes of both the issues to Tiwari and had assured that the same would be completed in a month’s time. Tiwari too had said that he would come to Amritsar first on February 7 and then on February 13. However, the files are yet to be opened,” Lucky said.
“The SIT constituted by the Punjab Government on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to probe the issue pertaining to illegal hotels has been given time till May 16 to submit its report. It is still to be seen whether Tiwari will be able to fulfill this deadline. An inquiry should be held into the handing over of probe of illegal hotels to Tiwari by the government,” he said.