Chandigarh: Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Bir Devinder Singh today demanded a fresh judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge into the sand mining auction case.
In a statement released today Bir Devinder also demanded that Rana Gurjit steps down as minister, "In view of the surfacing of the new obtrusive facts, the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh should order a fresh Judicial probe in to the matter by a sitting High Court Judge, monitored by the Honorable Punjab & Haryana High Court. In the meantime Rana Gurjit Singh must step down as a Minister to pave the way for a transparently independent judicial probe in the Sand mines scandal of Punjab."
Devinder alleged that, "Rs.5 crore were transferred by Gurinder Singh a fountain head of the alleged Rs. 1000 crore irrigation scam in to the account of Jatin Garg which is believed to be the cousin of Sahil Singla. Jatin Garg then transferred it in to the account of Rajbir Enterprises. Ironically all these transactions were carried out on May 23, the last day of depositing the security amount after successful bidding for the sand mines."
He further went on to question the intent of Justice JS Narang, who is currently heading the enquiry commission, probing the matter, "I wonder how and why Justice (Retd) JS Narang escaped to follow the trail and the source of this huge amount which was directly linked to the sordid auctions of the Sand mines. This grave lapse in the probe does not seem to be inadvertent. How could an enquiry commission headed by a Retired High Court Judge, chose to ignore such a vital lead in the matter that was being inquired in to. The irrefutable revelation of Rs. 5 crore being linked to Sand mines auctions in Punjab has thoroughly exposed the astounding cavity and mala fide intent of Justice JS Narang Commission conducting the probe into the Sand mines auction scam with special reference to conflict of the interest of Rana Gurjit Singh Minister of Irrigation, Punjab."
The former speaker then went on to make his case by saying, "The transfer of Rs. 5 Crore by Gurinder Singh a Contractor of the Irrigation department of which Gurjit Singh Rana is Minister, clearly establishes his direct link to the mining auction and connect all the missing dots; which the Justice JS Narang intentionally refuse to follow and contemptibly ignored the irrefutable documentary evidence in the matter."