Though it remains to be seen if revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia appears before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on December 26 after summons by the agency, the ED is ready to bombard the minister with a volley of more than 100 questions, with prime focus on his alleged links with the three NRIs accused in the case.
The agency has already prepared a questionnaire of more than 25 pages as reported by HT on November 26.
In the dock
The minister is set to be grilled on issues such as the properties and wealth registered on his and his family’s name since 2007.
The main motive of the questionnaire is to get Majithia’s written statements about his links with Satpreet Singh, alias Satta; Amarinder Singh, alias Laddi, and Parminder Singh, alias Pindi — Canada-based NRIs who Bhola, in his statement, listed as the minister’s ‘close associates’.
“Co-accused Chahal, in his statement, has said that Satta was provided two gunmen, an Innova car and a driver by Majithia during his stay in India. He has also corroborated Bhola’s statement that Satta and Pindi were present at Majithia’s marriage in November 2009.
Sources revealed that Majithia may be asked about the increase of wealth in his coffers, especially between 2007 and 2010, as according to allegations, the NRIs were in touch with him during this period.
Before preparing a questionnaire, the ED also collected details of mobile numbers of the three NRIs and other accused in the case.
Sources said in the questionnaire, more than 25 questions dealt with Majithia’s relationship with the NRIs, including details such as when and where the minister met them in India and Canada.
Around five questions focus on Bhola’s relationship with the minister.
The ED’s motive behind getting the details in written is to match Majithia’s statement with the allegations of other accused in the case. The minister will be interrogated by investigating officer and assistant director of the ED, Niranjan Singh.
Majithia can delay appearance
If armed with a valid reason, Majithia can delay his appearance in front of the ED. Sarwan Singh Phillaur and his son Damandeep had also evaded their appearance for around two months, citing various reasons. “If the reason is found to be valid, anyone can delay his appearance,” an ED official said.