Taking cognizance of the public speech of former Congress minister Amarjit Singh Samra on August 9 at Nakodar, in which he revealed of giving R2 crore to party rebel Gurbinder Singh Atwal to buy his support in the assembly election, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today complained to Election Commission of India (ECI) and demanded an independent probe into Samra's claim.
"Samra's comments are just a candid admission of the crime, and ECI should immediately hold an independent inquiry and order registration of criminal cases against the guilty and arrest of all the culprits without any delay," SAD secretary and spokesman, Daljeet Singh Cheema said. He demanded that the ECI should not let Congress contest any election.
In a written complaint to the ECI, Cheema stated that, the commission should investigate what was the source of funding for the payment of this 'unprecedented bribery'.
Enclosing the news clippings of Samra's claim with his complaint, Cheema said Samra, who contested from Nakodar assembly constituency in the general elections in 2012, has admitted of paying R2 crore to Atwal while addressing a gathering in the presence of state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa in Nakodar. Samra alleged that he himself paid one crore while another one crore was paid by former chief minister Capt Amrinder Singh, who was the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) that time.
The SAD said ECI should promptly start probing as the allegations are serious and have shaken people's faith in the electoral system.
"Samra's admission proves that he and Capt Amrinder Singh had committed criminal misconduct and violated the model code of conduct. Buying Atwal's support for the party is clearly a case of electoral malpractice," added Cheema.