Amarinder not cooperating in probe
A special committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, probing into the Amritsar Improvement Trust land scandal on Tuesday said former chief minister Amarinder Singh accused in the case was not cooperating in the inquiry.
The committee, headed by local bodies Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, today appeared dissatisfied satisfied by the replies filed by Amarinder and former minister Jagjit Singh, both accused in the scam and fixed July 15 for them to give a final reply.
Rejecting Amarinder's contentions regarding the legality and validity of the committee, Dhanda observed that both the accused were not cooperating with the committee constituted by the house to probe the Amritsar land scandal.
However, after appearing before the committee along with Jagjit, the former chief minister said that he would not appear before it on the next date of hearing.
"We are going to challenge the legality of the committee in the court," Amarinder told reporters in Chandigarh.
He said that the case being probed was sub-judice and did not fall under the purview of Vidhan Sabha. He contended that a business of 12th Vidhan Sabha couldn't be taken over by the 13th.
Dhanda, who is the Chief Parliamentary Secretary and also the chairman of the committee, could not probe the matter, as he would be then investigating a matter concerning his own department.
However, Dhanda rejected the assertions, saying there were at least four precedents to show that ministers concerned could head special committees to probe into matters.
Amarinder and Jagjit are accused of omitting and commissioning a piece of land of Improvement Trust at Amritsar during the previous Congress Government in Punjab.