Badal dismisses vendetta charges
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered an inquiry into criminal cases recently registered against Congressmen by the Tarn Taran police, while announcing to review the withdrawal of security cover to former Congress minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar and his family members.punjab Updated: Mar 24, 2012 14:59 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday ordered an inquiry into criminal cases recently registered against Congressmen by the Tarn Taran police, while announcing a review of withdrawal of security cover to former Congress minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar and his family members.
Denying Congress allegation that the SAD-BJP government was resorting to vendetta politics, Badal said his government was not pursuing such a policy. "We will conduct an inquiry into all such cases registered by the Tarn Taran police, including those against Sher Singh and Piara Singh of Bhura Kohna village," the CM said.
On the withdrawal of Bhullar's security cover, Badal said he had good relations with the Bhullar family since long and there was no question of harassing them over 'security' concerns. "I will talk to the Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police (SSP) on providing the requisite security cover as per the court's directions," he added.
About the Shiromani Akali Dal's stand on Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is on death row in the Beant Singh assassination case, Badal said the party was examining the issue and appropriate action would be taken soon. "The incident happened in Chandigarh and the judgment was also pronounced outside Punjab," he added.
On terminating Punjab's agreement with the Chandigarh administration about lodging the latter's condemned prisoners in state jails, Badal said the possibilities were being worked out.