The Punjab Congress on Saturday rejected revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia's offer to take vow before Guru Granth Sahib to prove his innocence in the drug case and asked him to face CBI inquiry into the drug charges.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa, in a statement issued here, said Majithia was behaving like a petty thief by giving promise that he would prove his innocence in a gurdwara. He said Majithia should be ashamed for trying to involve religious institutions to escape from criminal charges of patronizing the Rs 6000 crore drug racket.
Fateh Bajwa said Majithia was going on the footsteps of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb who made a false pledge and cheated the Sikh Gurus. He said people had no faith in Majithia's pledge.
"Every criminal claims himself to be innocent unless a fair probe nails him. Majithia is using the government machinery to divert the drug case into a political controversy,' he said.
Fateh Bajwa claimed that the Majithia family was not trustworthy as its history "was stained with blots of helping General Reginald Dyer" responsible for the massacre of thousands of innocent people in Jallianwala Bagh in 1919.
The Majithia family, he said, had hosted a dinner for General Dyer on the night of Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the role of Ranjodh Singh Majithia during the Anglo-Sikh war in1846 was against the Sikh community.
He further said Jagdish Singh Bhola, the main accused in the drug racket case, had named Majithia and many others. While others were arrested on the basis of confessions made by Bhola, why Majithia was spared, he questioned.
He said even if several Indian agencies were involved in the investigation of the drug racket, many accused are based in foreign countries and only the CBI can handle the case being the nodal agency of Interpol. He said the Punjab police prevented the Enforcement Directorate from taking Bhola on production warrant by sending him into police custody in the ASI murder case.