Over 11 months after alleged drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola took his name in the Rs 6,000 crore synthetic drug case, Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia appeared before Enforcement Directorate (ED) early Friday. He spent nearly four-and-half hours at the ED office.
He had received the central agency’s summons on December 19. Majithia reached the ED office at 10:22 am and exited at 2:52 pm. Tight security arrangements were made at the ED office though no local Shiromani Akali Dal leaders except SAD MLA Pargat Singh was present to receive Majithia.
Officer Karnail Singh questioned Majithia for over four hours. The minister refused to divulge details about the questioning after he emerged from the ED office. “I have said all along that truth must come out. I want to help whichever agency or forum in getting to the bottom of it. I could have easily asked for another date but I have come here at the first instance given to me. I have extended full cooperation to the agency.”
“Earlier also, five central agencies have investigated the matter during the Congress-led UPA rule and found nothing. Now, I want a closure to the media trial I am being subjected to on a daily basis for the last one year and this is why I am keen to answer any queries on this issue as quickly as possible,” Majithia added.
He declined comment on the BJP’s demand for his resignation. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP) staged protests when Majithia was inside the ED office. The protesters also burnt the effigy of Majithia and raised slogans against him. They later sat on a dharna and were arrested.