Resolution against LIP MLAs in Punjab House
Chandigarh: The Capt Amarinder Singh government in Punjab pulled a rabbit out of a hat on the last day of the winter session. Taking even his Cabinet colleagues and party MLAs by surprise, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra towards the fag end introduced a resolution against Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, “for their scandalous allegations against an honourable judge” and demanded that the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice take action. He was referring to the audio-tape released by the Bains brothers to “prove” a plot to implicate Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira (AAP) in a drug smuggling case. On Monday, hours before the session began, the LIP MLAs had released the tape, purportedly a conversation between a dismissed PCS officer and an advocate regarding a deal the latter had struck with a judge to ensure Khaira’s revision petition was dismissed. The SAD and BJP legislators, who remained mute spectators when the resolution was passed, later claimed it was done unanimously.“The House unanimously deprecates the casual and irresponsible manner in which Lok Insaaf Party MLAs released the audio-recording, claiming it was a conversation about payment of Rs 35 lakh to an honourable judge… The House would urge and request the honorable Chief Justice to take suo motu cognisance and further action as required as it is nothing short of impairing the majesty of law, obstructing the administration of justice and maligning the image and dignity of the court..,” the resolution read, leaving AAP MLAs shell-shocked. “You should have supported me. Are you doing this to favour the two touts who struck the deal?” asked a desperate Khaira even as AAP MLAs staged a walkout amid sloganeering. Addressing the media later, Khaira attacked the CM, asking if the latter had not violated propriety by having his lady friend from Pakistan reside in his official residence. Talking to The Tribune, Capt Amarinder Singh said the tape appeared scripted and “defaming the judiciary inside the Vidhan Sabha is not acceptable”. Outside the House, the AAP leaders accused the CM of political vendetta.