Convicted businessman plays host to CM Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2015 11:16 IST

Having always enjoyed good relations with politicians before his conviction for mixing beef tallow in edible oil, business tycoon Rajinder Mittal once again hosted Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at his residence on Tuesday.

After his firm was accused of mixing beef in edible oil in 1983, Rajinder Mittal was convicted to four years' imprisonment in the infamous beef tallow case in October 2014. He came out of jail recently.

The purpose of the visit of the chief minister to the house of Mittal could not be ascertained. Mittal is also member of the Board of Governors of the Giani Zail Singh Engineering College.

Mittal had allegedly become the blue-eyed boy of the Badals and he had even organised a political rally for Harsimrat Kaur Badal in the 2014 elections at a private colony developed by him. Some recent news reports also suggested he would be the SAD candidate in 2017 from Bathinda assembly constituency. He is also said to be close to BJP leaders.

The CBI probe against Mittal was ordered by then chief minister of the state Darbara Singh in 1983.

It was a Communist Party of India (Marxist) worker Ram Chand Bansal, who gave a written application to Darbara Singh during his visit to Bathinda in 1983, alleging Mittal was mixing beef in edible oil.

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