Political parties keep mum on Barnala issue

Both the ruling Cong and main Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal declined to take any stand on Barnala issue.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2006 18:24 IST

Both the ruling Congress and the main Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal on Monday declined to take any stand over the arrest and judicial remand of sitting Akali Dal legislator Gaganjit Singh Barnala in an alleged rape case.

"It is a very unfortunate business," Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on the arrest of Gaganjit, son of Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala.

"Investigations are in progress in this case. I don't want to pre-empt by commenting on the issue," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Chandigarh. "It is not yet clear whether it was rape or a conspiracy to frame Gaganjit Singh," he said.

"I can use this issue to demolish the Akalis, but I will not do so and allow fair judgement in the case," he said.

The Opposition SAD also sought not to comment on the charges of rape levelled by a maid against Gaganjeet, its sitting MLA from Dhuri constituency in Sangrur district.

SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal said the party would wait till investigations were over before making any comment on the issue.

Gaganjit was on Monday remanded to judicial custody by a court in Chandigarh till August 28. The Akali leader was arrested on Saturday by Chandigarh police after his maid levelled accusations of rape against him.

First Published: Aug 14, 2006 18:24 IST