The CPI on Thursday demanded the immediate resignation of Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka and inquiry by a sitting Punjab and Haryana High Court judge into the alleged irregularities in the education department.
Maintaining that a probe by a retired high court judge and suspension of three junior officials were not enough,a statement by the party said the scandal had multifarious dimensions,as it involved not just high level corruption but also character building of students.
What type of character of students was the government trying build through these books,which question the very value system and democratic ethos,leave aside the corruption involved. Purchase of these books with objectionable and malicious content should be seen in the context of the SADs controversial decisions like raising the Bluestar Memorial in the Golden Temple complex, the statement said.
It added: We are surprised that the NDA,of which SAD is a part,had not taken any notice of these contentious books. The CPI was highly concerned as the issue involved unity and integrity of the country, ie added.
Meanwhile,CPM state secretary Comrade Charan Singh Virdi,in a statement,also accused Maluka of embezzling crores of rupees and choosing books for libraries containing obnoxious content.
Demanding that the inquiry be made more credible by handing it over to a sitting judge of high court,he said: These books will inculcate loose animal instincts and fundamentalism in impressionable minds. This scandal needs time-bound inquiry. The interests of a credible and fair inquiry demand that the Badal ask Maluka to resign from his ministerial post immediately.