Chandigarh / Bathinda, January 4, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Punjab, has demanded dismissal of Bhucho Mandi (Bathinda) Congress MLA Pritam Singh Kotbhai from the party and his immediate arrest for alleged involvement in the fresh chit fund scam, to send out a message loud and clear to the chit fund companies in the state.
In a statement issued on Saturday, party MLAs Prof. Baljinder Kaur and Rupinder Kaur Ruby have demanded that PPCC President, Sunil Jakhar, should immediately expel the party MLA, Pritam Singh Kotabhai, from the Congress party for his alleged involvement in the chit fund scam, saying it was necessary so that he could not misuse his Punjab and Madhya Pradesh governments’ connections to evade his arrest.
The AAP leaders have demanded that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh should order immediate arrest of the MLA and be handed over to the police of other states where cases of fraud had been registered against the MLA’s chit fund companies.
Rupinder Kaur Ruby said that, like the previous Badal government, the Capt Amarinder Singh government, had been extending its patronage to the mega chit fund companies, like the Pearl and Crown.
She said that on the one hand, victims of the fraudulent deals were committing suicides for denial of justice, while on the other the owners of Pearl Company, currently under judicial custody, were given VVIP facilities in a 5-star private hospital, alleging it was not possible without the government’s blessings.
She said it was the right time for Capt Amarinder Singh to wash the dirty linen in public by initiating strict action against Pritam Singh Kothbhai.
AAP MLAs alleged that the case of fraud involving 96 lakh had been registered against Kotbhai by the Jabalpur (MP) police is not the first of its kind. Prior to this the Uttarkhand and Rudarpur police had registered cases worth Rs 20 lakh in October 2018 against the chit fund companies owned by him.