Punjab Chief Minister Channi defended the officers, saying that the case was handed over to the CBI even before the investigation into the sabotage case was completed under the leadership of Sahota. In such a situation, the talk of Sahota giving clean chit to the clouds is not correct.
In a meeting between Punjab Congress President Navjot Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to resolve the dispute at Punjab Bhawan on Thursday, both sides maintained their respective arguments. While Sidhu was adamant about removing the alleged tainted officers, Channi justified his appointment. Later, supervisor Harish Chaudhary intervened and talked about forming a three-member committee that would consider the allegations made by both the officers. Along with this, the committee will report to the high command regarding the appointment of officers in the future and after that, the final decision will be taken.
Cabinet minister Pargat Singh, MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra, and party high command observer Harish Chaudhary, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, and state chief Navjot Sidhu were present in the meeting. Sources say that as soon as the meeting started, Sidhu had said that he is and will remain a Congressman. Neither leaving the Congress nor will the party’s reputation be damaged.
He questioned the appointment of DGP Iqbal Sahota and AG Deol. He alleged that Sahota did not investigate the sacrilege incident properly and gave a clean chit to the Badal family. It is wrong to make such a person the DGP of the state. Sidhu also questioned the appointment of AG Deol and said that he has been the lawyer of former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini.
He played an important role in getting Saini Blanket Bell against the opposition of the state government. He said that the officers who can get bail to the accused, what will they fight to protect the interests of Punjab? Therefore, there is no justification in keeping such a person on the post of Advocate General.
It is learned that Siddu had brought two files with him to the meeting. Among them were documents related to DGP Sahota and AG Deol. The files also contained clippings of media reports against both the officers. Sidhu had put a noting on him. Based on these, he presented his arguments.
It is said that for about half an hour, Sidhu lashed out at both the officers and other leaders kept listening silently. After this Pargat Singh supported Sidhu’s allegations in the meeting. He said that the information given about the officers is very serious, so the posting of both the officers should be reconsidered.
In response, Chief Minister Channi defended the officers and said that the case was handed over to the CBI even before the investigation into the sabotage case was completed under the leadership of Sahota. In such a situation, the talk of Sahota giving clean chit to the clouds is not correct. Channi also defended the AG saying that in Saini’s case also he was doing his duty as an advocate.
Sources said that seeing a growing controversy, Harish Chaudhary intervened and talked about the formation of a three-member committee. While this committee will take a unanimous decision on the appointment of officers in the future, it will also deeply assess the allegations leveled against DGP Sahota and AG Deol. Chaudhary also said that this committee will submit its report to the high command and according to the final decision, a decision will be taken on the appointment of officers.