Wanting the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the scent of state ministers said to be involved in the Jagdish Bhola drug racket busted last month, the Punjab Congress will file a public-interest petition for it in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
State Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa stated this on the sidelines of a function here on Friday to commemorate the birth anniversary of former education minister Sukhjinder Singh, father of party spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
"Three days ago, we submitted a written request to union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde in this regard but he said it was a state matter, and only in two cases, the CBI could get involved: first if the state government demanded it, which won't happen because the deputy chief minister has given clean chit all his ministers; and second, if the court issued a direction," said Khaira.
The party appealed to state chief justice to take suo-motu notice of the issue and accused the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) of promoting drug culture in the state. "Drugs are shipped in the YAD-sticker vehicles that no cop dares to flags down," Khaira added. In a public address on the occasion, Bajwa said the Parkash Singh Badal regime reminded him of the repressive old Mughal rule of Aurangzeb.
He appealed in jest to the Akal Takht jathedar to summon the Badals and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar. "As in the days of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who was summoned for making dancer Moraan perform for public, also summon the Badals and Makkar, who invited Mumbai actors to perform (during World Cup Kabaddi) at public expense," he said.
Sukhpal Khaira, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhathal, union minister of state for health Santosh Chaudhary, Punjab Youth Congress president Vikramjeet Singh Chaudhary, and former legislators Jagbir Brar and Chaudhary Jagjit Singh also spoke. Accusing the Akalis of taking credit for Centre's schemes, Khaira said it was condemnable that the revered name of Mai Bhago was inscribed on bicycle chains for that purpose.
'Akali ministers real kingpins'
Gurdaspur: Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should quit after international drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola had pointed to the involvement of three Akali ministers of the present state government in his trade, senior Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa said here on Friday. "Bhola's demanding the CBI examination means he is just a tool, and the three Akali ministers are real kingpins. If Badal isn't shielding his ministers, he should let the case go to the CBI," said Bajwa.