Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal today said chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh was not taking any action in the SC Scholarship scam because the proceeds of the crime had been shared with the Congress high command and announced that the SAD would order an independent inquiry into the scam once it came to power in the State.
Talking to newsmen at Ghuriana village during a visit to flood affected villages of Jalalabad and Balluana, the SAD President said the probe into the scam by the Additional chief secretary had not only revealed how SC Welfare minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot had swindled Rs 63 crore meant for Dalit students, but also exposed the role of the Pradesh Congress as well as the Congress high command in the scam.
“It seems former SC Welfare Director Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal was rewarded with the Congress party ticket from Phagwara during the byelection last year within days of approving the distribution of Rs 19.61 crore to ineligible private educational institutions. This, apparently, is also the reason why chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh is trying to put a lid on the scam through a sham probe”.
Mr Sukhbir Badal rejected the chief secretary level inquiry ordered into the case, saying the earlier indictment of Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Balwinder Dhaliwal had been done by an officer of similar seniority who was heading the SC Welfare department. He said only a CBI inquiry coupled with an Enforcement Directorate probe could expose the culprits and reveal the money trail in the case.
The SAD President while replying to a question, said the recent move of the Congress government to file an affidavit in the high court seeking recall of an earlier order directing a CBI inquiry be held into collection of ‘goonda’ tax proved how desperate the government was to protect its ministers and legislators. “The government knows that a CBI inquiry will unmask the entire illegal mining being done by Congressmen. That is why it is now challenging an inquiry submitted by a judicial officer”.
Mr Badal said each and every section of society was suffering in Congress rule. It seems as if there is no governance. This is because chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh is barricaded in his farm house and has left the people to their fate.
The SAD President also visited more than a dozen flood affected villages in Jalalabad and Balluana assembly constituencies. He said even though crops in thousands of acres had been destroyed, the Congress government was unmoved. “No officer has been deputed to listen to the grievances of the people. No compensation has been awarded to them. No effort is being made to install pipes to drain out water from affected fields”.
The SAD President was accompanied by BJP legislator Arun Nagpal, Gurpal Grewal, Parkash Bhatti, Gurtej Guriana and Satinderjit Singh Manta. EOM