Police working under pressure to save Khurana: Congress
A day after former BJP MLA Raj Khurana's name cropped up in the Rs 1.54-crore UGC grant embezzlement at the Patel Memorial College, the police's failure to even question him has led the opposition Congress to question the department's functioning.punjab Updated: Aug 25, 2013 22:18 IST
A day after former BJP MLA Raj Khurana's name cropped up in the Rs 1.54-crore UGC grant embezzlement at the Patel Memorial College, the police's failure to even question him has led the opposition Congress to question the department's functioning.
Sanjiv Kalia, former principal of the college, has named Prem Kumar, a nephew of former BJP MLA Raj Khurana, in the case as the person who collected money from him as share in the embezzlement booty.
The Congress, going on the offensive, launched a massive protest on the issue on Saturday. The party also released photocopies of two bank cheques encashed by Prem Kumar.
SSP Hardial Singh Mann, however, has said: "Some people are jumping the gun on the issue." This has reportedly upset the Congress leaders and the general public.
Sources said that the role of Khurana is not established yet. However, when it is on record that the two cheques Prem Kumar encashed came from the embezzled money, what prevents the police from arresting and questioning him is something that is hard to explain, sources added.
The least the police could have asked Prem Kumar is that he received the money in what capacity and for whom?
Armed with these puzzling questions that have put the police functioning under scrutiny, district Congress committee President and MLA Hardial Kamboj alleged that the police was working under pressure from the government to save the BJP leader, during the protest.
"We have even released the photocopies of the cheques issued to Prem Kumar, the nehpew of Raj Khurana. However, the police still claims that there is no direct evidence. It indicates that the police are working to save Khurana, who is real culprit," he alleged.
SSP Mann refuted the allegations. "Let me assure you, that the police will not spare anyone involved in embezzlement of grants. One accused has named the relatives of Raj Khurana. We cannot act on the basis of a mere statement. We need corroborative evidences to act," he claimed.
First Published: Aug 25, 2013 22:17 IST