Several Congress legislators on Thursday said that the transfer of a senior Enforcement Directorate (ED) official who was probing the drug smuggling case has vindicated Captain Amarinder Singh's stand. Singh had vehemently opposed transferring the case to CBI, as he felt it would have delayed the investigations indefinitely.
In a joint statement the party legislators Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Rana Sodhi and Balbir Sidhu observed that had the ED official not been transferred, the challan would have been filed on time. Punjab and Haryana high court has now issued a stay order on the transfer.
They added that had the case been transferred to CBI, it could have taken years. They said that though CBI is a very competent investigating agency, given the volume of work it is already preoccupied with, it would not have been possible for the agency to complete the investigations as fast as the ED.
"The very fact that the ED investigation official was transferred at a crucial juncture vindicates Capt Amarinder's stand that it (the investigation) should not be transferred to any other agency," they said.
"If the mere transfer of an official could delay the filing of challan indefinitely, one can imagine how much delay would have ensued had the entire case been transferred to another agency," they added.
They said it was unfortunate that both the officials Hardayal Mann, previous senior superintendent of police (SSP) Patiala and Niranjan Singh Assistant Director ED who were doing their job meritoriously were transferred at a crucial stage thus delaying the filing of the challan. They felt that the challan would have put the Akali-BJP government in a spot of bother.