Chandigarh, August 12, 2017
The Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Friday disapproved the report of Justice Narang Commission submitted in Mining Scam, and termed it as an attempt of Capt. Amarinder to waste the public exchequer’s money to give clean chit to a corrupt minister. In a press statement, the LOP said that the belated and pre-meditated inquiry ordered by Capt. Amarinder Singh into the mining scam was a tailor made exercise, to absolve the accused Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh through a handpicked and controversial commission head. He said that the claims of Capt. Amarinder about zero tolerance to corruption have fallen flat with failing to take action against a corrupt minister.
AAP had urges Justice JS Narang, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Capt. JS Randhawa and the other accused to clarify, if they had ever remained in a lawyer-client relationship. Because, Rana Gurjeet Singh had remained a client of Justice JS Narang in his capacity as a Counsel and it was clear that nothing would come out of the inquiry of said commission. The whole exercise was farce and done just to give clean chit to Rana Gurjeet.
Khaira said that that the inquiry had been set up after giving ample time to the accused Minister, to do a cleanup job of his and his company’s accounts before any legal scrutiny. The fact that this commission was set by Capt. Amarinder singh to give a pre meditated clean chit to the tainted minister, further stand substantiated by the elevation of Commission’s Presenting Officer Avtar Singh Sandhu as Additional Advocate General by the govt. It is pertinent to mention here, that Avtar Singh Sandhu is a very close aide of Justice Narang as he was Director Litigation Punjab, before being appointing PO of the commission. The committee was set wide a notification dated 28th may 2017, thereafter the said Presenting Officer was rewarded with a plum position of Addt. Advocate General on 30th June 2017, for collaborating with Justice Narang to give clean chit.
As per record, Justice Narang had in 2004 manipulated the Chandigarh administration to allot 8 acres of prime land to his two sons namely A.S.Narang and R.S.Narang, that was challenged through a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). The said scandalous allotment to the Judge’s family was quashed by the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana on 29th April 2004 and subsequently also quashed by the Supreme Court of India on 22ndSeptember 2014.
Khaira said that the “terms of reference” notified by the government also raised big doubt of an impartial inquiry, as the question of money trail or the source of money deposited in the accounts of Amit Bahadur and other employees of the Minister, was not part of the inquiry. “The fight against the corrupt minister will be taken to the logical conclusion and we will knock the doors of Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court.” Khaira said.