Claiming that it has "clinching evidence" about the nexus between Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa and druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) here on Monday charged the former with having close links with terrorists and involvement in the call-girl scandal.
The SAD, which was so far on the back foot after Bhola's bombshell that Bikram Singh Majithia, powerful cabinet minister and brother-in-law of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was allegedly involved in the drug racket, launched a blistering attack to expose what it called the "Bhola-Bajwa nexus."
The SAD fielded its secretary general and senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, general secretaries Balwinder Singh Bhundar and Maheshinder Singh Grewal, and spokesperson Dr Daljit Singh Cheema to corner Bajwa, against whom former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, too, has levelled serious charges of "involvement" in gold and drug smuggling and "links" with terrorists.
"The law will take its own course. We will not let these criminals go scot-free. We want the state investigating agencies to move with complete independence and decide if a case should be lodged or not (against Bajwa)," the SAD leaders said in response to a question at a press conference.
"Bhola was first nabbed in 2001 by the police in 2001 during SAD-BJP regime. In 2002 when Congress assumed power at the behest of Bajwa (then PWD minister) Bhola was let off the hook. Bhola and Bajwa are old friends," the SAD leaders claimed but failed to show the "clinching evidence" they had to expose "Bajwa-Bhola nexus".
Stating that Bajwa's demand for CBI probe into drug racket busted by Punjab police was aimed at providing a political escape route to Bhola, the SAD leaders said "Bhola, Bajwa and Congress" seeking CBI probe was not surprising.
The SAD leaders said: "There is no heinous crime with which Bajwa's name has not been linked. From conspiring to assassinate former chief minister Beant Singh and killing then DGP KPS Gill, the infamous call-girl scandal in Gujarat to directly supporting drug dons and terrorists. These allegations have been even listed in the letter of Amarinder to Sonia Gandhi. Bajwa has all the traits of a notorious person."
The Rajya Sabha MP Dhindsa who opened the onslaught against Bajwa said that Congress leader was seeking CBI probe as he feared that Punjab police investigation "may lead to his door."
About Bhola incriminating Majithia the SAD leaders said: "Besides Punjab police, four different independent central agencies dealing with drug crimes have interrogated Bhola. In none of these interrogations did he name anyone from the SAD-BJP government. Suddenly, on Bajwa's tip Bhola names Majithia."
The ruling party leaders said chain of events point towards "too much of a coincidence" with Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar moving high court for CBI probe on the same day as Bhola naming Majithia and within an hour Bajwa announcing agitations to press for the CBI probe. "This is aimed at providing an escape route to Bhola. And Bajwa wants to hide his own links with the druglord."