Turning down veteran BJP leader Balramji Das Tandon's demand for suspension of senior police officers of Faridkot district for failing to arrest the main accused in the Shruti abduction case, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Thursday that there was no need to take such a step.
"We have recently posted new officers in Faridkot and they should be allowed to work. About 90% of the accused have been arrested and the rest, too, would be nabbed," he said.
When asked whether he was satisfied with the ongoing probe, Badal evaded a direct reply and said the investigation was in progress. He rubbished charges of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh that certain leaders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) were shielding the culprits. "Someone levels a false allegation and the media puts its stamp on it. This is not correct," he asserted.
Refusing to comment on the battle waged by activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on political parties, Badal said the slandering game should end and everyone should instead work together for the betterment of the nation. Asked if he favoured a probe against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in land purchase deals, the chief minister said he knew nothing about the case and hence could not comment on it.
"People who are levelling charges should be knowing the facts. I don't," he remarked.
Badal said unlike in Haryana, the SAD had no plans to test the waters in Himachal Pradesh, which is going to the polls next month. However, he said the party would wholeheartedly support BJP nominees. "So far, we have not received any request from the BJP for campaigning, but whenever we are approached, we will go all out to support them," Badal said.