Punjab Congress ready to move HC for CBI probe into drug racket

Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday said the party was ready to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions for a CBI probe into the drug racket, which has recently been busted by the Punjab Police.

On Thursday, alleged drug lord Jagdish Bhola, arrested in the case, had claimed that three cabinet ministers were involved in racket and that he was ready to name them if a CBI probe was conducted into the matter.

Bajwa was speaking to mediapersons in Kapurthala's Ramgarh village, where he had come to mark the birth anniversary of Sukhjinder Singh, former Punjab minister and father of Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

Bajwa said he had requested Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to order a CBI probe in the drug racket, but Shinde refused to intervene as the matter came under the state's jurisdiction.

"In such a situation, the Union government could intervene only if the state government asks the Centre... I appeal to the court to take suo motu cognizance in Bhola's case. Else, we will get file an PIL through an NGO to get court's directions for a CBI probe in the matter," he added.

Meanwhile, Punjab Congress general secretary Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa on Friday demanded resignation of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy, Sukhbir Singh Badal, on moral grounds in the wake of Bhola claiming that three cabinet ministers were involved in drug racket.

Speaking during a training camp to ensure participation of youths in politics at Qadian, Bajwa said Congress will approach the Union government for a CBI probe into the case. "If need be, we will also launch a struggle," he added.

"The demand for a CBI investigation by Bhola clearly indicates that he was only a puppet, while the real masterminds of the drug trade were the three cabinet ministers in the Badal government. Despite Bhola willing to name them in the case, the police were not naming them. This has put a question mark on the government and the police," said Fateh Jung.

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