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Amarinder defends government's stand on minister Sidhu

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

With speculation rife about internal differences being behind his government seeking in the that be convicted in a three-decade-old road rage case, on Friday defended the government's stand in the case saying that it was "the only legal option available before it".

on Friday expressed the hope that "the would take into account the minister's contribution to the society and the country in his final verdict".

"Though the government could not have taken any other stand in the apex court, other than what it had been taken in the trial and high court earlier, deserved the court's consideration," said the Minister, who is drawing flak for letting down his own

"Had we done so, we would have been accused of lying either now or earlier," he quipped, adding that he did not believe in playing in judicial cases.

The government had told the apex court on Thursday that Sidhu's conviction by the and Haryana High Court, done in 2006, should be upheld.

"Sidhu, whom I have known since the latter was a child, was a person totally above board, who went out of the way to help people in need," said Amarinder Singh, rejecting charges of not liking the minister.

Amarinder Singh, whose functioning style and inaccessibility has left a lot of bitterness among legislators and ministers after he came to power in March last year, is facing political controversy on the issue of handling the matter and also dealing with Punjab and Gurdaspur MP

Jakhar was miffed earlier this week after he was asked by Amarinder Singh's security to deposit his mobile phone with them (security) when he was going to meet the here.

"I am not unhappy with any of the party leaders, as was being made out in a section of the media," Amarinder said on Friday, pointing out that he had always personally supported Sidhu and also Jakhar.

On the reported incident relating to Jakhar leaving without meeting him two days back, the said state chief was scheduled to meet him but an unscheduled meeting came up.

"Though Jakhar was asked by CPS (Chief Principal Secretary) to go into the room where the said meeting was being held, he decided not to wait but to leave, as he might have had some other work," said the Chief Minister.

pointed out that he had always pushed Jakhar's case for leadership in the party, and even as the Congress



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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 00:08 IST