SAD demands Khaira’s head after HC refuses to stay trial. Chandigarh – Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday said AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira did not have any locus standi to continue as Leader of Opposition with the Punjab and Haryana High Court refusing his plea to stay proceedings summoning him as an accused in an international drug racket case and that he should now tender his resignation immediately. In a statement here, SAD MPs Naresh Gujral and Prem Singh Chandumajra said with Monday’s developments in the high court it was clear that Sukhpal Khaira was an accused in a drug racket with Pakistani links.“Instead of giving him any relief despite repeated and persistent pleas by his council, the high court has asked him to appear in the Fazilka court as Summoned on November 30. It has also facilitated his appearance in the court by directing that the non-bailable warrants issued against him should not be executed,” the MPs added. The senior SAD leaders said propriety demanded that Khaira resign as leader of opposition immediately so that the august chair was not besmirched.They said since this was not likely as Khaira had already thrown all moral and ethical norms to the wind, it was incumbent On AAP Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to fire him from the post and also expel him from the party without any further delay. “If Kejriwal does not take Swift action against Khaira, it will make it clear to Punjabis that the AAP Convenor himself is compromised and is hand in glove with Khaira.” Gujral and Ghandumaira said an attempt was being made by AAP to brazen it out and support Sukhpal Khaira. They said even AAP legislators were being pressurised to support Khaira and sign a statement in his favour. “This despite the fact that a large number of AAP leaders have already asked Khaira to resign saying the party cannot have double standards on the issue of drugs and that it could not tolerate this taint. Leaders are now being pressurised to amend their statements give a clean chit to Khaira,” the leaders added.
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