The one-member judicial commission, set up to prove the irregularities in the e-auction of sand mining, was finally given two months’ extension by Punjab government.
Sources in the CMO disclosed that the extension was granted to Justice (retd) J S Narang on his request submitted in the first week of June. The one-month tenure of the Commission, had ended on June 30.
Following allegation of involvement of Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had constituted the commission and sought its report in a month.
Interestingly, the commission was not given the job to probe the alleged role of the minister in the sand mining controversy. The Punjab government had faced a major embarrassment with its senior ministers’ name figuring in the multi-crore irregularities in the sand mining. The opposition parties including Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), SAD and BJP had launched a massive attack on the Congress and even demanding Rana Gurjit ‘s resignation.
The AAP leaders including Sukhpal Singh Khaira even alleged that ordering judicial probe was just an eyewash. Rather, the CM got an opportunity to accommodate Justice (retd) Narang, he had said.
The AAP had also raised objections alleging that Justice Narang’s son is a counsel of Rana Gurjit Singh and therefore the one-member commission was set up to give a clean chit to the minister.
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