Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Res­ig­na­tion proves guilt, Narang panel a sham: SAD

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com Crime · Industries · Indian National Congress · Rajya Sabha · Mining · Shiromani Akali Dal · Balwinder Singh Bhunder · Amarinder Singh

› The res­ig­na­tion has proved that the en­tire process of al­lo­ca­tion of sand mines was flawed. All con­tracts to Congress leg­is­la­tors should be can­celled im­me­di­ately. BALWINDER SINGH BHUNDER, SAD, Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber

CHANDI­GARH: The Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tues­day said that state power min­is­ter Rana Gur­jit Singh’s “com­plic­ity” in the sand min­ing scam, in which con­tracts were al­lot­ted to his “min­ions”, was now “proved be­yond doubt” by his res­ig­na­tion from the cab­i­net.

De­mand­ing registrati­on of a crim­i­nal case now against Rana for “caus­ing loss to the state ex­che­quer”, SAD’s Ra­jya Sabha MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder said, “The res­ig­na­tion has also proved that the en­tire process of al­lo­ca­tion of sand mines was flawed. All con­tracts thus al­lo­cated to Congress leg­is­la­tors should be can­celled im­me­di­ately. Ac­tion should also be taken against min­is­ters who knew about this crime and kept quiet.”

Bhunder added, “It is also clear that the Congress high com­mand took the step of ask­ing for Rana Gur­jit’s res­ig­na­tion af­ter chief min­is­ter Cap­tain Amarinder Singh failed to act.”

“Rana Gur­jit can­not claim he is re­sign­ing on moral grounds. If that was so, he should have re­signed when his name sur­faced in the sand min­ing scam in which his cook Amit Ba­hadur suc­cess­fully bid for a Rs 26-crore sand mine.”

The Akali vet­eran fur­ther said, “It has also been es­tab­lished that Jus­tice (retd) JS Narang Com­mis­sion was formed to ex­on­er­ate Rana Gur­jit by giv­ing it spe­cific terms of ref­er­ence. The com­mis­sion abysmally failed to do its job. It is now in­cum­bent on the gov­ern­ment to ask Jus­tice Narang to re­fund the en­tire money spent from the state ex­che­quer on the bo­gus in­quiry done by him.”

Stat­ing that the chain of events proves that Rana bid for sand mines through front com­pa­nies and that these auc­tions were also fi­nanced by “tainted” con­trac­tor Gurinder Singh. “It needs to be in­ves­ti­gated why Gurinder, who was ar­rested in the Rs 1,000-crore ir­ri­ga­tion scam, had in­vested Rs 5 crore to fund the sand mines bagged by Rana’s as­so­ci­ates.”

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