Chandigarh: Hours after his acquittal in a
corruption case, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal
today decided to withdraw "as goodwill gesture" two defamation
suits filed by him against his predecessor Amarinder Singh.
The announcement on the floor of the House was made by
leader of the assembly immediately after question hour.
Badal, who was a little late, informed the House that
he was acquitted by the Mohali court in the case registered
against him and his family for amassing wealth
disproportionate to their known sources of income.
"I am sorry I got late due to a case...I am very happy
to announce that the court has acquitted me and family in
the case registered against us. As a goodwill gesture I want
to begin a new chapter in the state politics and decided to
withdraw two defamation cases that I had filed at my personal
level against Amarinder," Badal said, amid thumping of benches
by treasury members.
Badal said he did not want to go into details how the
corruption case was registered against him, his family and
several senior ministers of his party, adding, "We were all
humiliated and booked in false cases."
On the defamation cases, he said, "I had filed two
separate cases of defamation against Amarinder -- one was a
criminal suit and other a civil suit. In the civil suit I had
also claimed damages of Rs 5 crore. These cases have been
filed nearly six seven years ago."
Badal concluded his speech by apologising to
Amarinder. "I am really sorry Amarinder Singh ji if I had hurt
you in any way," he said.
The defamation case was filed on August 12, 2002 in
connection with an advertisement portraying Badal as having
amassed illegal property worth crores.
It had been alleged that the advertisement published
on January one, 2002 had wrongly conveyed a message that Badal
had mortgaged the state`s interest in the Sutlej Yamuna Link