Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today demanded that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener Arvind Kejriwal’s role in the bribe for protection in jail and AAP party post to under trial Sukesh Chandrashekhar be probed vigorously by the CBI after registration of a criminal case in the matter.

Reacting to the letter written by Chandrashekhar to the Lt Governor of Delhi, former minister and senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said “it is clear that Jails minister Satyendra Jain received money from the under trial on behalf of the “Kattar Imandaar” AAP Convener as the latter alone could make good on the promises for party posts and other VIP treatment including massages which Chandrashekhar was availing in Tihar jail”.

Asserting that AAP had taken Indian polity to a new low by extorting money from under trials, Bikram Majithia said it was shocking that the under trial had been forced to cough up crores to acquire VIP status in jail by the Jails minister. This also is not possible without the acquiescence of the Delhi chief minister and his role in this crime should also be probed by the CBI”.

Majithia also demanded a separate probe into the special facilities extended to the killers of Sidhu Moosewala in Tihar jail. “It is now clear post investigation that the plot to assassinate Moosewala was hatched in Tihar jail. With serious allegations of bribery surfacing against the Delhi Jail minister, it is imperative that his role in extending special treatment to the gangsters should also be probed”.

The SAD leader also pointed out that there were allegations in the media that money had also changed hands in allocating Rajya Sabha tickets in Punjab. “This also needs to be probed because the media has already highlighted how AAP did not give a single Rajya Sabha ticket to any of its workers or the scheduled caste community, which is only used by displaying Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s picture”.

The Akali leader said the heightened activity of gangsters in Punjab as well as the increase in the extortion rackets also pointed to the fact that they were being given a safe haven in prison from where they were running their crime syndicates.

He demanded that a judicial probe into the entire issue including the escape of gangster Deepak Tinu from police custody be probed by a high court judge as the escape was planned in a State jail.

Majithia said the increasing cases of corruption by AAP ministers and legislators which had surfaced in Punjab also pointed to the pressure on the Punjab AAP unit to fund the high command. He said this was the reason why the high command was yet to take any action against cabinet minister Fauja Singh Sarari who had indulged in extortion openly.

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