Monday, June 30, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Case against Badal a bold step: ministers
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar June 29
Terming the registration of a case against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family members as a step towards complete elimination of corruption in the state, three Congress Ministers today said that the action was not political motivated and purely based on factual information gathered by the Vigilance Bureau.

Punjab Local Bodies Minister Choudhary Jagjit Singh, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Avtar Henry and Technical Education Minister Mohinder Singh Kaypee, in separate press statements issued here, said that Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had taken a bold step by getting registered a case against the Badal family for alleged involvement in corruption during previous SAD-BJP regime.

Choudhary Jagjit Singh alleged that “corruption” had virtually been patronised during Mr Badal’s tenure as the Chief Minister, which was evident from the fact that the then PPSC chief Mr Ravi Sidhu used to sell jobs through agents.

“Some of the Akali Ministers had been arrested for possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income in the past one and a half years of Congress rule. Mr Badal should not make a hue and cry, if he is not involved in corruption. Let, Mr Badal face trial in a court instead of issuing threats to disturb law and order in the state”, Choudhary Jagjit Singh added.

Mr Henry and Mr Kaypee said that the Congress government was committed to provide corruption-free and transparent administration to the people of the state and the Badal family should not hesitate from joining the investigation in the case.

They further said that the recent search of Badal family’s property was being carried out at the orders of the court and the whole exercise was part of anti-corruption drive launched in the state. “Nobody will join the Akali “morchas” as threatened by the Akali Dal in case Mr Badal was arrested in a corruption case as people of the state are in favour of steps taken up by the Congress government against the Badal family”, they added.


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