Punjab government anti-corruption drive

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Sunil Jakhar

Punjab government anti-corruption drive ‘selective’, says Sunil Jakhar. Sunil Jakhar, a leader in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), criticised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) administration on Monday for being uncommitted regarding inaction on corruption allegations brought against one of its own ministers, while also raising concerns about the way the vigilance officer initially invited and then disclosed his location to the now-arrested former minister Sunder Sham Arora for a “meeting” at his home.
Sunil Jakhar, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stated in a statement that this violates all standards and guidelines for police investigations and that it defies logic for a police officer to urge the person being investigated to come to his or her house.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sunil Jakhar

In a statement, Jakhar said that this violated all standards and guidelines for police investigations and that it defied logic for an officer to urge the person being investigated to visit his house. Jakhar emphasised that he was not clearing anyone and that the flagrant disregard for propriety and accepted protocol raise major questions that need to be answered. According to Jakhar, it appears to be an attempt to elicit unlawful gratification, and this assumption is strengthened by the recent arrest of an AIG level officer by the Vigilance Bureau in connection with a case of what appears to be extortion.

Terming it as an AAP attempt to divert attention from its all-round failure, the veteran leader emphasised that the unearthing of motive behind this must form a part of investigation, Jakhar said, adding that there is every likelihood of “publicity-hungry AAP regime orchestrating this stunt to gain public attention and political mileage ahead of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls”. Pointing out that the Lokpal had already rejected the charges levelled against Arora regarding the distribution of plots, Jakhar said that even then if the government wishes to get the matter probed, it must ensure all rules and procedures are followed.

In an attempt to deflect attention from its shortcomings, the AAP, according to Jakhar, is engaging in corruption. “Their (AAPs) own minister has been proved to be engaged in corruption in a viral video and still no action has been begun,” Jakhar said.

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