Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday asked PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh to act as strong as he pretended to be and face the law rather than acting like a cry baby and playing victim after being caught stashing black money in Swiss bank accounts and trusts. In a statement, SAD spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said it was shameful that Capt Amarinder was accusing Union Minister Arun Jaitely of indulging in political vendetta after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had summoned his son Raninder Singh to question him as to why he had lied to the agency that he was not a beneficiary of any Trust formed by his father in the United Kingdom. “Instead of crying wolf and trying to blame others for your black deeds, it is better you explain why you formed the Jacaranda Trust in the first place.
Explain to the people of Punjab why you opened bank accounts in Swiss banks. Why were lakhs of dollars transferred into these accounts when you were Chief Minister of Punjab?” Stating that the law was a great leveler, the SAD spokesman said the time had come for Amarinder to face the law as a common criminal. “If you have broken the law of the land and stashed black money abroad and also formed a Trust to obfuscate the money trial as well as to keep the name of your family away from the public eye, you will now have to pay for your sins. The laws of the land are the same for everyone and you cannot expect them to be different even for former royals”, Dr Cheema said.
Asking Capt Amarinder to get out of his gilded cage and see the reality for himself, the SAD leader said this was not the lone case in which Amarinder and his family were being hauled up according to the law of the land. “Your name has earlier figured in the Intranet scam, the Amritsar Improvement Trust scam and the Ludhiana city scam. Few of these cases involving massive corruption and misuse of power are still in court. You need to explain to the people of Punjab whether these cases have also been initiated against you on the orders of Mr Arun Jaitely or the law of the land as is the case in which your son has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate”, he added.
Dr Cheema said the truth of the matter was that Amarinder and his family were one of the rare cases in Indian politics where every member of the family used his or her powers to loot the wealth of the nation. “A person and family facing such grave allegations of personal dishonesty has no right to be in public life”, said Dr Cheema said adding Amarinder should apoligise to the people of Punjab for his misconduct and exit public life immediately”.
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