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Punjab

SAD moves resolution calling for dismissal of Dharasmot and registration of case against him

October 18, 2020 08:22 PM

(Also calls for registration of criminal case against Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal and censure of chief secretary Vinnie Mahajan for shielding Dharamsot)

(Sharanjit S Dhillon says CS deliberately ignored incriminating evidence against Dharamsot in SC scholarship scam)

Chandigarh, October 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today moved a resolution calling for the dismissal of SC Welfare minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and his henchmen and registration of a criminal case against them for destroying the future of three lakh Dalit students by perpetrating the Rs 64 crore SC scholarship scam even as it called for the censure of chief secretary Vinnie Mahajan.

The resolution, which was moved by SAD legislature party leader Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, told Speaker Rana K P Singh that he was constrained to move the resolution because the government had not done its job and now the august House should step in and recommend the dismissal of the SC Welfare minister immediately. He said besides embezzling Rs 64 crore, the minister had also adversely affected the career of thousands of students by not releasing Rs 309 crore due to the students since one year.

Asking the Speaker to send a clear message to the Dalit community that the Vidhan Sabha stood with them and would take required action needed to protect their interests, Mr Sharanjit Dhillon said the assembly should also recommend registration of a criminal case against former SC Welfare department Director Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal who was now a member of the House as well as other officers responsible for this crime.

Mr Dhillon said similarly chief secretary Vinnie Mahajan should be censured by the House for deliberately ignoring incriminating evidence to give a clean chit to Dharamsot in the scholarship scam even as it demanded constitution of a Vidhan Sabha committee to look into the criminal offences committed by Dharamsot and others in the case.

The resolution said the chief secretary was not only guilty of ignoring incriminating evidence against Dharamsot but also did not follow standard administrative practices while giving a clean chit to the minister. It also noted that the chief secretary had not ordered any inquiry or registration of a case to recover the Rs 7.33 crore which she claimed had been given in excess to ten educational intuitions.

Asserting that the arbitrary role of the chief secretary had been exposed in a detailed investigative report which had appeared in a section of the media, Mr Dhillon said “exemplary administrative action as required should also be initiated against Mrs Mahajan as she has worked against the interests of the State by shielding the wrongdoings of Dharamsot”.

While moving the resolution, Mr Dhillon also requested Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana K P Singh to do away with the mandatory notice period required to file the same in keeping with the extremely short notice at which the special session had been convened. “I am confident that you are aware of the injustice meted out to three lakh Dalit students and will do your utmost to ensure their voice is heard in the Vidhan Sabha and those who looted them as well as those who protected the looters meet their just end”, the SAD leader added.

Giving details, Mr Dhillon said it was now clear that the chief secretary as well as the three member probe panel constituted by her to look into the Rs 64 crore scam brought to public notice by Additional chief secretary Kirpa Shankar Saroj had not done its duty towards the State. He said critical evidence available on record was not allowed to be put on record. “Even the noting of the SC Welfare minister stating that all files pertaining to the release of Rs 115 crore central funds to institutions be shown to him was ignored. The main henchman of Dharamsot, who had been identified as Deputy Director Parminder Singh Gill by Mr Kirpa Shankar Saroj, was also let off to ensure the heat could not be directed on Dharamsot in the case”.

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