Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers Monday took out a protest march in Bathinda seeking arrest of Talwandi Sabo SAD MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu in a case of an alleged Rs 231-crore scam related to the functioning of a private firm.
The march, taken out by AAP’s women wing president Baljinder Kaur, traversed various markets of Bathinda. Baljinder Kaur said the SAD MLA had been booked by the CBI in the case but continued to roam freely in his constituency.
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The case, she said, is related to International Customer Related Management Services (ICMRS) Pvt Ltd and involves 18 other people. The AAP volunteers also raised slogans outside the DC complex where barricades were put up and gates closed to prevent their entry inside the complex.
Later, eight members of the district AAP leadership submitted a memorandum to the Bathinda deputy commissioner seeking Sidhu’s arrest. The memorandum was addressed to Punjab Governor Reacting to the protest, the SAD MLA said he neither has any connection with the case or the company.
“The case was lodged against me and others in 2013 when I was a Congress MLA. The UT police, after all inquiries, gave me a clean chit and even sent a closure report to a Chandigarh court. The case is still pending.”
Sidhu said he had come to know about the CBI probe through media reports, and that the agency had searched the houses of some persons mentioned in the FIR.
On AAP’s protest, he said,” AAP has jumped the gun by staging this protest. First, I am not involved in the case. Secondly, the Punjab government has nothing to do with this issue as it is a case of a private company.”