Rebutting the Congress allegation of political expediency behind the transfer of Enforcement Directorate officer Niranjan Singh, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that it was not in the purview of the state government.
Addressing the media persons during a sports event at Chauke village near here, Sukhbir said the ED officials' transfer was in the purview of the central government, so the state government had no role in it. He also denied that the state CID had made any calls to the ED officials to seek their property details, even though senior police officials in Jalandhar have accepted making the calls and taken the plea that these were "comedy of errors".
On the question of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee's sacking Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Sukhbir said the SGPC was empowered to take this decision and the state government had nothing to do with it. On the coming Delhi elections, he said his party would contest four assembly seats there.