Punjab Leader of Opposition, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Friday demanded an immediate dismissal of state Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh from the Cabinet following a row over of his “links” with companies that invested money in sand mine auction in the state. Reacting to The Indian Express report Friday, which brought out the financial dealings of Rana Gurjit with there companies — RJ Tex Fab Pvt Ltd, RGS Traders Pvt Ltd and Jay Aar builders Pvt Ltd — Khaira led a delegation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs to meet the state Chief Secretary, Karan Avtar Singh, and asked for a speedy report of the panel appointed to study the Justice JS Narang commission report.
Khaira also handed over a letter adressed to CM Captain Amarinder Singh to the Chief Secretary. In the letter, he said that the clinching evidence which has come forward regarding the minister’s involvement in sand mine auction should result in his immediate dismissal from the Cabinet. He also demanded that a CBI or an Enforcement Directorate (ED) inquiry be ordered to expose the financial dealings of the minister.
Later during a press conference, Khaira said that there is enough evidence on record now that showed the complicity of Rana Gurjit in the mine auctions. “There is no doubt that the two employees of his, Amit Bahadur and Kulvinder Pal Singh, who bagged the Saidpur Khurd and Mehndipur sand mines, were Gurjit’s frontmen. He arranged back-date entries to show that they had left his companies,” he said.
Attacking Justice JS Narang for a lopsided probe, Khaira said that he had failed to do a proper investigation into the scam in his haste to give a clean chit to the minister. “However, despite his efforts, he has left enough evidence which clearly leads to the doorsteps of Rana Gurjit,” he added.
\Meanwhile, when asked him his fight with Rana Gurjit was personal, he denied all allegations. “I am fighting against the wrongdoings of the Congress government which has come to power on the platform of zero tolerance to corruption,” he said.