Senior Akali minister Sikandar Singh Maluka has put his weight behind Patiala’s ex-mayor Jaspal Singh Pardhan after the CBI gave clean chit to the latter in a three-year-old murder case.
At a press conference here, Maluka re-introduced Pardhan as “a respectable senior leader of the party” and promised him “a responsible position” in the party.
Pardhan said he believed that case against him in connection with the ‘murder’ of a woman in the family close to him was a conspiracy of his rival. Pardhan had to resign as the Patiala mayor in 2013 after he was booked in the murder case.
“I will expose the leaders who had framed me at the right moment,” he said, adding that he would also file a defamation case against them.
Pardhan plans to meet SAD president Sukhbir Badal and present his case for his re-entry in the active politics.
Pardhan had also approached Akali ministers Janmeja Singh Sekhon and Surjit Singh Rakhra after the CBI clean-chit.
A special investigation team of the Punjab Police had given a clean chit to Pardhan in the murder case in March 2013, and the Punjab and Haryana high court ordered a CBI probe in May 2014 on the plea of victim woman’s father.
The CBI is likely to submit its probe report to the high court in a week’s time.