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The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has accused the Punjab government of trying to frame party president Sukhbir Singh Badal and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a false drugs case.

SAD Senior Vice-President Daljit Singh Cheema said that the Punjab Congress had conspired to register a false drugs case against former minister Bikram Singh Majithia by recording a fabricated complaint against him under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

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“The CM, home minister, and senior cops held a meeting at the Terminal 4 lounge of the Delhi airport on Saturday to finalise the plan,” Cheema said.

The senior Akali Dal leader said the level of the conspiracy can be gauged from the fact that Home Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa flew to Delhi in a state helicopter, along with Congress MLA Kulbir Zira, DGP IPS Sahota, Vigilance head Harpreet Singh Sidhu, and Bureau of Investigations head SK Asthana.

Cheema alleged: “They met in the lounge of the T-4 lounge on the instructions of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi who carried out the directions of the Congress high command.”

Cheema said the Punjab Congress was bent upon framing Bikram Majithia in a false case and arresting him. “Even Congress President Sonia Gandhi and their leader Rahul Gandhi as well as Pradesh Congress President Navjot Sidhu, who had even threatened to sit on a fast unto death if the arrest was not made, were part of this conspiracy,” he said.

He added that police officers are being coerced to fall in line and the recent transfers in the Bureau of Investigation, which has witnessed a swift change in officers from Arpit Shukla to Varinder Kumar and now S K Asthana, point in this direction.

“The Punjab Police is also being denied a regular DGP to keep the top officers on tenterhooks and ensure that they can be manipulated as per the designs of the Congress party,” Cheema said.

Asking the Punjab Congress to do away with the pretence of an inquiry into the drugs case, Cheema said the state government should notify an SIT, comprising of Sukhjinder Randhawa, Navjot Sidhu and Kulbir Zira and give them the power to register cases and make summary arrests. “This is what these leaders want to do by pressuring and coercing police officers,” the Akali leader said.

“Congress feels only registration of cases against the SAD president and Majithia can save its sinking ship. This is why earlier a conspiracy was hatched at the annexe in the Raj Bhawan here to register a false case against Sukhbir Badal under Section 164 CrPc,” he said.

Asserting that such vendetta politics could not intimidate the SAD in any manner, Cheema said: “The entire party leadership had courted arrest earlier in protest against the Congress government’s move to implicate its president in a false case. We are not afraid of arrests. We warn the chief minister as well as senior police officers that they will be held accountable for implicating senior SAD leaders in false cases.”

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