Congress leaders of Majha have demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged misuse of public funds by former Akali minister Sucha Singh Langah.
The leaders, in a joint statement here on Wednesday, said Langah had committed a "serious offence" by getting grants for a non-existent college and another institute run by his educational society.
"These grants were public money which the minister has misused or rather pocketed the amount himself. The amount could have been used for improving the facilities in government schools in Langah's own constituency or in some other part of Gurdaspur district," said the statement signed by Amritsar rural District Congress Committee (DCC) chief Harpartap Singh Ajnala, Amritsar DCC (urban) president Jugal Kishore Sharma and Tarn Taran DCC chief Dharamveer Agnihotri.
These leaders have demanded that those who gave these grants should also be held accountable; they should have first found out the details of Langah's college or society.
"Only a CBI inquiry could get to the bottom of the truth. The state Vigilance Bureau cannot be trusted as in an earlier case of corruption the former minister had been given the clean chit," the leaders said.