Back in Amritsar amid show of strength,Ranike claims innocence

Former cabinet minister Gulzar Singh Ranike,who on Sunday resigned on “moral” grounds in the backdrop of embezzlement of grants in his Attari constituency,on Monday reached Amritsar to a show of strength by party workers and supporters.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Published: September 18, 2012 6:08 am

Former cabinet minister Gulzar Singh Ranike,who on Sunday resigned on “moral” grounds in the backdrop of embezzlement of grants in his Attari constituency,on Monday reached Amritsar to a show of strength by party workers and supporters.

Speaking to mediaperosns,Ranike said he had resigned on “moral grounds” till the pendency of the probe keeping in view the “oath taken while assuming the charge as minister”. “Is there any example the way I have resigned on moral grounds? Have you seen a minister resigning when the case is registered against his PA and not against him?” he added.

Ranike pointed out that he had paid the price for having too much faith on his PA Sarbdyal Singh,who he said has been associated with him since 1997 — when Ranike was elected as MLA for the first time in the Badal government.

“It is easy to level allegations. But the probe will reveal the truth,” Ranike said. Asked whether he was open to a probe by the CBI,as questions were being raised on the integrity of the Vigilance Bureau to conduct the probe in a fair and transparent manner,the former minister said: “I am ready to face any probe.”

Asked about the allegations that he had directed the officials to hand over the cheques to his staff,Ranike,while refuting the allegations,said: “Kal nu main kahaan banda mar do te ki oh banda mar denge (Tomorrow if I tell them to kill someone,would they kill someone).”

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