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CID keeps eye on MLAs who met new Punjab Congress president Sidhu on Wednesday

 The Congress and AAP MLAs, who accompanied newly appointed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu during his day-long temple visits on Wednesday, are reportedly on the radar of the state CID.

MLAs who accompanied Navjot Singh Sidhu during his day-long temple visits on Wednesday are reportedly on the radar of the Punjab CID. (Photo: PTI)
The Congress and Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, who accompanied newly appointed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu during his day-long temple visits on Wednesday, are reportedly on the radar of the Punjab Crime Investigation Department (CID).

The CID officials, who were keeping an eye on the gathering at Sidhu’s Amritsar residence on Wednesday morning, said that only 48 members of the legislative assembly were in attendance, as against the figure of 62 which was given earlier. This includes three former Aam Aadmi Party MLAs who recently joined the Congress.

CID officials were deployed in civil clothes around Navjot Singh Sidhu's residence. One official introduced himself to India Today’s team and said they were “doing their duty”.

As per sources, some MLAs that accompanied Sidhu on Wednesday as well as their close aides are, at present, facing serious allegations. These members’ direct and indirect involvement in illegal activities like illicit mining and liquor trade has been found in the past, sources claimed.

Sources also stated that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had informed the three-member panel appointed by the Congress high command about the “rogue elements” within the party. The panel had been formed to find a solution to the discord in the Punjab unit.

One of the MLAs has been accused of being involved in illegal mining in Hoshiarpur area. The mining department in December 2020 had sent a recovery notice amounting to Rs 1.65 crore to him. This Congress MLA has reportedly been asked CM Singh for a waiver and cancellation of the illegal mining notice. The MLA has also filed an appeal against the same.


Cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who also accompanied Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday, accused Captain Amarinder Singh of ‘vendetta politics’. He told the media that he had been persecuted and implicated in a false case after he raised issues pertaining to the Dalit community.

Meanwhile, former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who also accompanied Sidhu to the Golden Temple complex on Wednesday, said that those who were visiting Darbar Sahib (were also seeking pardon for the mistakes they had committed in the past.

"This is Waheguru ji's darbar. Anybody who pays obeisance here is forgiven. All issues will be sorted out in the days to come," Sunil Jakhar said.


Even as Captain Amarinder Singh once again pushed for a public apology from Navjot Singh Sidhu for his tweets, the latter along with four working presidents planned to send him an invitation to grace his taking over ceremony. Sidhu will take charge as the Punjab Congress chief at a ceremony on Friday.

"The invitation letter has been drafted and is being signed by Sidhu and four working presidents including former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar. It will be sent to Captain soon," Congress MLA Harjot Kamal told India Today.

Sources stated that the chief minister is unlikely to join the ceremony and is still miffed with the party high command and Sidhu.

They also said that leaders from the party high command including Congress general secretary Harish Rawat may come to Chandigarh to persuade Singh to attend the ceremony.

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