Jalandhar, Apr 22 UNI | 3 months ago

Former Punjab director general Prisons Shashi Kant today disclosed that had not Sukhbir Singh Badal prevented the teams of enforcement department (ED) and Bureau of narcotics from conducting a raid on the premises of state Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, the SAD-BJP government would have collapsed.

Interacting with the media here today, Mr Kant said when Badal captures power in 2007, he was functioning at that time in the state as ADG Intelligence.

Mr Badal directed him to prepare a list of drug racketeers in the state. Four pages list containing names of about 100 politicians, police officers and others were submitted to the government.

"Having a glimpse of the list, he suggested me that such lists should not be prepared. But he went on to conduct a raid on the residence of Gulzar Singh Ranike who was a minister in the SAD-BJP government," he added.

Mr Badal who was running the government behind the curtain at that time prevented the teams of enforcement department and the Bureau of narcotics from conducting the raid.

"Had it not been so, the SAD-BJP government would have collapsed soon after it had come to power in the state after defeating Congress," he said.

Mr Kant said he was fully aware of the consequences over his utterances but he had no fear to stock as he was ready to face any explosion with regard to the drug racket and drug trade which had put the life of lakhs of youth of the state at stake.

The list submitted to the state by him in 2007, the names of SAD MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha, ex-MLA Vir Singh Lopoke, Amritsar congress MLA OP Soni and Gimmiy Kalia, close relation of Jalandhar BJP MLA Manoranjan Kalia also figured.

Mr Kant also accused Mr Badal for hatching a conspiracy to defame Gurmit Ram Rahim, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa and trigger a hate atmosphere against him.

He dared BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narinder Modi to come clear on the issue of drug trade run by Akalis and ask Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to curb the drug trade for once and all.

"Had he conceded to his demand, he would be the first man to vote for Modi's party. He apprehended that Modi would not try to annoy Badals as he had hopes that they will reach him to the chair of the Prime Minister," he added.

(Posted on 22-04-2014)