Congress urges Justice Jindal to recuse from book scam probe

Claming that the immediate family of Justice A N Jindal,who will probe alleged irregularities in the education department,has deep connections with SAD-BJP alliance,the Congress on Thursday said this only vindicated its allegations of a quid pro quo between the judge,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 11:55 am

Claming that the immediate family of Justice A N Jindal,who will probe alleged irregularities in the education department,has deep connections with SAD-BJP alliance,the Congress on Thursday said this only vindicated its allegations of a quid pro quo between the judge,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka.

He also appealed to the judge to recuse himself from the probe. “It is matter of record that Deepak Garg,who is now serving as the Punjab deputy advocate general,is the son of Sheetal Garg — Jindal’s brother-in-law. It is also a known fact that Maluka played a key role in the appointment of Deepak Garg as the deputy AG,” Congress spokesman Sukhpal Khaira said in a press statement.

He added: “Needless to mention,Garg family has very close relations with the education minister and that they originally hail from Rampura Phool. With Garg being in the AG office,the lid of conspiracy between the chief minister and the AG regarding appointment of Justice Jindal stands blown.”

“Yet another link is Ashwani Garg — the other son of Jindal’s brother-in-law. He is the general secretary of BJP’s Barnala unit… Keeping in view Justice Jindal’s various links with both SAD and BJP,there is no chance of a fair and impartial probe. The Congress appeals to Justice Jindal to recuse himself from the pre-planned,motivated and manipulated judicial inquiry to maintain high standards of ethics,” Khaira said.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had ordered a probe into the alleged irregularities in purchase of books for government schools libraries,to be conducted by Justice (Retd) A N Jindal,a retired Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Congress had been demanding removal of education minister Sikander Singh Maluka for his alleged role in the “book scam”.

No official communication about probe: Jindal

Even as a controversy rages over the Chief Minister assigning him the task of probing various irregularities in the Punjab education department,Justice (retd) A N Jindal Thursday said he had not received any official communication from the government regarding the probe. Taking cognisance of reports regarding the alleged irregularities in the school education department,the CM had on May 27 ordered the independent inquiry by a Jindal.

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