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Congress MLA seeks dope test of politicians

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, December 20, 2013
First Published: 20:47 IST(20/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:51 IST(20/12/2013)

With international drug smuggler Jagdish Singh Bhola claiming that three cabinet ministers of Punjab are actively involved in drug smuggling, the Punjab Congress has demanded shifting the probe into the drug racket to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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Making this demand, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Congress MLA from Dera Baba Nanak (Gurdaspur), said all politicians should undergo a dope test so that the public comes to know the truth.

"I offer myself for a dope test. All MLAs and other leaders should come forward for this so that the public knows who is an addict and who is not," he said.

Participating in a debate on drug addiction during the recent Punjab assembly session, Randhawa had demanded that all politicians should take a pledge at the Golden Temple to not distribute drugs and liquor during election campaigns. Last year, Randhawa had asked deputy CM Sukhbir Badal to undergo a dope test.

"In view of Bhola's revelations, it's a fit case to be shifted to the CBI. The police, after the initial breakthrough, is now keeping mum on the involvement of politicians, while indicates that they are shielding ruling party leaders," said Randhawa.

He also urged the high court to take suo motu notice of the drug racket and monitor the police investigation so that the "big fish", as named by Bhola, are arrested.

Meanwhile, the Sikh Youth of Punjab has also demanded an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court into Bhola's claim that three cabinet ministers were involved in the drug racket.

Manjit Singh, general secretary of the youth wing of Dal Khalsa, in a statement, said the drug menace had engulfed the youth of the state. "Now, when an arrested drug lord has confessed that certain politicians were running the drug racket from behind the scenes, let chief minister Parkash Singh Badal recommend an inquiry into the allegations by a sitting judge of the high court, " he added.

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