Capt continues to oppose PPCC over CBI probe against Majithia
Former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday reiterated his opposition to the CBI probe being sought by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa into allegations of drug trafficking against revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia.chandigarh Updated: Jan 13, 2014 19:13 IST
Former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday reiterated his opposition to the CBI probe being sought by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa into allegations of drug trafficking against revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
"These are my personal views. The Congress may have a different viewpoint on the issue," said Amarinder, who was here to address a press conference in the capacity of All India Jat Mahasabha president.
Amarinder said he was not in favour of a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as it would amount to delaying the ongoing investigation by the Punjab Police into the multi-crore drug racket in the state.
On how could he trust the Punjab Police so much especially when he has been the biggest critic of Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini, Amarinder said since the investigation would also be under the scrutiny of central agencies such as the Narcotics Control Board, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Enforcement Directorate and the Intelligence Bureau, there would be no scope for the state police to go soft on the Akali minister.
Amarinder, who was accompanied by Congress MLA from Kapurthala Rana Gurjit Singh, said like other central agencies, the CBI may join in the interrogation, but should not be handed over the full investigation.
"You have seen the CBI case pending against DGP Saini. It has already been delayed by nearly 14 years. So, to have immediate results, the Punjab Police should continue with the probe. In case the state police are not able to do it fairly, only then we can think of handing over the probe to the CBI," the former CM said. In the same breath, Amarinder criticised the Punjab Police for being politicised by the Akali government.
On the accusation of his colluding with the Badals to get his two corruption cases resolved, Amarinder stated that during his 16-year tenure at the helm of affairs in the Punjab Congress, he had never compromised with the Badals. " Since no evidence has been found in the cases registered against me, these are automatically going to fall flat," Amarinder added.
When asked whether he wanted that the Punjab Police should dig out Bajwa's name during the course of the investigation to fix his political opponent, Amarinder denied any such intention.
"During the investigation, if any name crops up, be it Bajwa or Majithia, the police should take the matter to its logical end. Otherwise, levelling wild allegations against someone is not right," he added.
Refuses to reveal contents of letter
Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday admitted that he had written a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, but refused to share the contents, saying that it was his personal communication with the latter as then PPCC president.
In the letter, which has created a furore in political circles, especially in the Congress, Amarinder had sought a CBI probe into Bajwa's alleged links with druglords and terrorists.
"I had written that letter nearly 18 months ago, when Bajwa had not even been appointed PPCC president. But I neither want to share the contents nor would I comment on the same after it has appeared in the media," said Amarinder.
During a press conference in June last year in Delhi, Amarinder had denied having written such a letter, when its contents had appeared in a national English daily.
First Published: Jan 13, 2014 15:36 IST