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Vying for the head of Punjab Chief Secretary?

By IndianMandarins- 14 May 2020


Though Punjab chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh has been divested from the additional charge of Financial Commissioner-Taxation department but Congress MLAs and an MP are still demanding a probe against him.


A Punjab minister, eight ruling party MLAs and an MP have blamed him for alleged excise revenue losses accusing that his family has a ‘personal interest’ in the department. The crisis started on May 9 between two ministers and the CS at a meeting where the state’s post-lockdown excise policy was being discussed.


Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Charanjit Singh Channi accused the CS of unacceptable behavior during that pre-cabinet meeting. Gidderbaha legislator Amrinder Singh Raja Warring also asked the CM to remove the bureaucrat from the post of CS so that he does not influence an inquiry.


The demand for a probe is backed by eight other MLAs — Jails and Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Sangat Singh Gilzian (Urmur), Raj Kumar Verka (Amritsar West), Kulbir Singh Zira (Zira), Barinder Singh Pahra (Gurdaspur), Fatehjung Bajwa (Qadian), Balwinder Singh Laddi (Hargobindpur Sahib) and Joginder Pal (Bhoa).


Joining them in putting pressure on Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa also sought a probe by a central agency. Warring asked the chief minister to order an inquiry against the CS for revenue loss of “over Rs 600 crore”.

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