Chandigarh, May 14, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today demanded a high level independent probe into the Rs 100 crore illicit liquor manufacturing operation involving an illegal distillery cum bottling plant in Ghanour besides registration of a criminal case against Congress legislators Madan Lal Jalalpur and Hardyal Singh Kamboj.
In a statement here, senior SAD leader Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra said the very fact that Ghanour legislator Madan Lal Jalalpur had admitted that the two accused who were running the illegal distillery in a cold store were his as well as Hardyal Kamboj’s trusted aides proved that they were behind the illegal operation.
“It is clear that both the accused in the case were mere front men of the two Congress legislators. However the case is not so simple as this. The very fact that the distillery was in operation since one year and had done business of Rs 100 crore only in the last five months indicates that the two legislators also had a God father who had given the green signal to run the illegal distillery.
The inquiry must identify this God father as well as others who have collectively caused a loss of Rs 3,600 crore to the State in terms of excuse revenue in the last three years besides indulging in sale and smuggling of illicit liquor worth thousands of crores during the last two months”.
Stating that this was just the tip of the iceberg, Prof Chandumajra said earlier a similar illegal distillery had been unearthed in Khanna also but the Congress government had not taken any action in the matter. He said the unearthing of an illegal distillery in the home district of the chief minister was even more serious and was in itself an indication of the deep tentacles of the politico – contractor lobby which was looting the State treasury at will.
Prof Chandumajra asked if the Punjab government would continue with the drama of forming committees to look into the losses suffered by liquor contractors or order an independent inquiry into the loot of the State exchequer by such illegal distilleries as well as distilleries run by Congressmen and their friends which were selling liquor without paying any excise.
“Now it it clear why liquor shops in Punjab did not attract any buyers when they reopened after 45 days of lockdown. It is clear that Congressmen were indulging in bootlegging without any check by the State of its law enforcing agencies. Only a high level probe by a sitting judge of the High court can unravel the politicians behind this racket and lead to their punishment”, he added.