Name lawyers who took money from ’84 victims, or quit: Phoolka to Capt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2016 20:08 IST
AAP leader HS Phoolka addressing the media in Amritsar on Wednesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and senior advocate HS Phoolka on Wednesday challenged Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh to reveal the names of 12 junior lawyers he has accused of taking money from 1984 riot victims on his behalf.

“Capt Amarinder has alleged that 12 junior advocates had taken Rs 80,000 each from riot victims, of which I received Rs 60,000, to fight their cases. I challenge him to reveal the names of the lawyers and riot victims in next seven days,” said Phoolka.

The Congress leader reportedly made the allegation during his ‘Halke Vich Captain’ programme at Mansa on Tuesday, while threatening to “expose” Phoolka.

Addressing a press conference here, Phoolka said: “If Capt fails to reveal the names in one week, he will have no right to stay on his post (of PPCC president).”

Slamming Amarinder for “playing politics on such a sensitive issue”, the AAP leader said: “I just want to ask Capt since when Congressmen have become sympathisers of riot victims? He is making such allegations because the noose is tightening around his senior colleague Jagdish Tytler.”

AAP leader takes a dig at Sukhbir

On deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s allegation of sale of AAP tickets for assembly polls, Phoolka said: “I can understand Sukhbir cannot even imagine that tickets can be given without taking money.”

Questioned on former Rajya Sabha member Navjot Singh Sidhu’s possible induction into the party, Phoolka said things will become clear after AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal returns from meditation.

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