Manpreet`s office ransacked, CM directs CS to order probe

The office of sacked Punjab Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal was ransacked by some unidentified persons in high-security Civil Secretariat here yesterday.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2010, 21:23 PM IST

Chandigarh: The office of sacked Punjab
Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal was ransacked by some
unidentified persons in high-security Civil Secretariat here
yesterday.

Taking a serious view of this, Chief Minister Parkash
Singh Badal today directed Chief Secretary S C Aggarwal to
order an immediate inquiry into the incident, an official
spokesman said.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal too directed
state ADGP (Intelligence) Suresh Arora to immediately identify
those responsible for the "act of search" at Manpreet`s former
office, an official release said.

Papers and other documents were found strewn around in
the offices of the former minister and of his personal staff
located on the fifth floor of the 10-storeyed Secretariat.

Badal had directed the Chief Secretary to identify the
culprits responsible for the incident and gave an "exemplary
punishment" to them, the spokesman said.

In a statement, the Chief Minister said he and his
government were committed to maintenance of high democratic
values and all MLAs, regardless of political affiliations,
enjoyed a place of high dignity and respect in the system.

"All MLAs, no matter to which party they belong to and
what political views they hold, are elected representatives of
the people and any act of mischief against anyone of them will
be severely dealt with," the Chief Minister said.

On October 13, Manpreet was dropped from the Ministry,
a day after he was suspended from the Akali Dal in the wake of
a raging row over his stand on Centre`s reported debt waiver
offer to the state.

-PTI