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Son named in drugs trade, Punjab cabinet minister Swaran Singh Phillar resigns on “moral grounds”

May 23, 2014 | By

Jalandhar, Punjab (May 22, 2014): Punjab Cabinet Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur reportedly resigned from his post on “moral grounds”. Swaran Singh Phillaur submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, that has reportedly been accepted by Badal.

Swaran Singh Phillaur was in the eye of storm following the emergance of his son Damanbir Singh Phillaur’s name in a Rs. 6000-crore synthetic drug racket.

Sarwan Singh Phillaur [File Photo]

Sarwan Singh Phillaur [File Photo]

The six-time Akali MLA (currently representing Kartarpur) was reportedly summoned to Delhi yesterday by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who “advised” him to resign. Phillaur had reportedly submitted his resignation on the night of 21 May itself.

Arrested drug kingpin and former Punjab police DSP Jagdish Bhola had named Damanbir Phillaur and claimed that minister’s son had introduced him to certain Badal Dal leaders for dealing in drug trade.

Swaran Singh Phillaur was till now minister for Jails, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums and Printing & Stationery.

Swaran Singh Phillaur is the second minister in Punjab cabinet to resign after the questionable performance of SAD-BJP combine in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. However, Phillaur’s resignation is more linked to the allegations against his son, rather than the performance of Badal Dal in Lok Sabha polls.

Earlier, Anil Joshi, a BJP minister from Amritsar had resigned owning moral responsibility for the defeat of senior party leader and Amritsar candidate Arun Jaitley. Joshi was a minister for Local Govt., Medical Education and Research. It is pertinent to mention here that Anil Joshi had not submitted his resignation to the Chief Minister but handed over the same to BJP Punjab unit president Kamal Sharma. BJP has yet to take call on Joshi’s resignation.

The ED summoned Phillaur’s son Damanvir Singh twice for questioning in the synthetic drug racket, but he did not show up.

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