Charanjit Channi says he is planning to sue Arvind Kejriwal for 'defaming' him

Says Kejriwal had crossed all limits of decency by posting his picture on social media showing him with currency notes which were not recovered from him

Tribune News Service

Chamkaur Sahib, January 21

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday said he is preparing to sue AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal for defaming him with reference to the recent raids by the Enforcement Directorate in the state.

Interacting with a select media gathering here, Channi said Kejriwal had crossed all limits of decency by posting his picture on social media showing him with currency notes which were not recovered from him.

On January 18, around Rs 10 crore was recovered by the Enforcement Directorate during raids on multiple locations in Punjab, including those related to a relative of Channi, as part of money laundering probe against the ‘sand mafia’.

Channi alleged that following the raids, Kejriwal had posted his picture on Facebook showing him sitting with currency notes. The AAP leader had thrown all decency to the winds so he had sought permission from his party to sue Kejriwal, he said.

He alleged that it was not for the first time that the Delhi CM had resorted to this.

Channi said the money was not recovered from him or his family. “Yes, it was a failure on my part that I could not keep an eye on my relatives’ deeds, still I am not responsible for any wrongdoing by people other than my family,” he said.

Alleging that Kejriwal is in the habit of levelling false allegations against others during election campaigns, Channi said Kejriwal had already tendered an apology to Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Bikram Majithia.

He claimed that AAP had installed hoardings worth Rs 200 crore in Punjab besides election campaign advertisements on television. Similar expenditure was being incurred by the party in the Goa and Uttarakhand elections, he said, questioning the source of these funds.

He also targeted AAP for choosing Bhagwant Mann as its chief ministerial candidate.

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