'Linking me to Johar's death scandalous'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, AMRITSAR
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2014 23:58 IST

Expressing grief over the death of former Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leader from Ludhiana, Maninder Pal Singh "Sunny" Johar, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday said some media reports had dragged his name into the unfortunate incident unnecessarily.

In a press release issued here, the minister said: "Sunny was a former worker of the (Youth) Akali Dal, whom I have not met for some time." He offered his condolences to the victim's family and said his death was "painful".

He added that any attempt to drag his name to the issue was scandalous and libellous. "I may even be constrained to take legal action against anyone who links me with this incident, with which I have no connection and of which I have no knowledge," he said. Majithia sought an independent and fair investigation into the incident "to bring out the truth expeditiously".

Cong playing politics,says Johar's wife

Meanwhile, Kamalpreet Kaur, wife of Sunny Johar, blamed the Congress for playing politics on the death of her husband. In a statement issued in Ludhiana, Kaur refuted the claim of Congress candidate from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu that her husband had wished to join the Congress.

She said there was no question of him joining the Congress and the family had also written an open letter to Bittu in this regard.

She claimed that her husband had died of cardiac arrest as he had high blood pressure. She also refuted the speculation that Johar had committed suicide.

Kaur said her husband had gone off to sleep on Friday night. At about 4 am, he got up and felt uneasiness and rested for some time. At around 7.30 am, when she tried to wake up her husband, he did not respond following which she called her son Karanjot. Later, Balwinder Singh, elder brother of Johar, was also called.

She said they rushed him to the hospital at around 8 am, where the doctors declared him dead.

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