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Cong govt has come out officially in support of sand mafia by challenging CBI inquiry

Chandigarh, (Gurpreet) – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said the Congress government had come out officially in support of the sand mafia by challenging the CBI inquiry into collection of ‘goonda’ tax by mafia elements by the high court on the basis of a report of a judicial officer.

In a statement here, former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said it was shocking that instead of allowing a judicial inquiry into the collection of goonda tax and recovering the same and depositing it in the government treasury, the Congress government was approaching the high court against the report of a judicial officer.

Stating that this action had let the cat out of the bag, Dr Daljit Cheema said it was clear now that the government had taken a stand in favour of the sand mafia instead of taking action against it. “It seems the government is aware that any fair inquiry into ongoing illegal mining in the State would implicate Congress ministers and legislators who are hand in glove with the mafia elements”.

Stating that the affidavit submitted by the State government asking for recall of the court’s order would set a bad precedent for governance and pit the State against court officials, Dr Cheema said chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh should order the Mines department to withdraw it immediately. “The chief minister should also respect the findings of the judicial officer who has listed seven locations where illegal checkpoints have been installed by the sand mafia and also submitted photos and videos of the same besides telling the court that goonda tax was being collected from trucks and vehicles carrying sand and gravel”. He said in the light of these facts the chief minister should file an affidavit in the court not only welcoming the CBI inquiry initiated against the sand mafia in Ropar but submit that it should be conducted across the State