Chandigarh, March 28 (IANS) Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Wednesday dared his successor Parkash Singh Badal to arrest him when he returns from his medical check-up in Britain next week.
"I would like to have your suggestion on where and to whom should I surrender on my return from the UK," Amarinder said in an email to Badal.
The vigilance wing of the Punjab police under Badal's government had last week registered a case against Amarinder and 17 others, including his ministers and associates, in a multi-million Ludhiana City Centre scam.
They have been charged with taking bribes worth Rs.1 billion (Rs.100 crore) and causing a loss to the state worth Rs.30 billion.
Amarinder said that he had been following news reports from Punjab about his imminent arrest and impending raids on his house and properties of his associates.
"Selective information is being leaked to the press to achieve the objective of vilification of political opponents," Amarinder said in his letter.
The former chief minister pointed out that while Badal denied political vendetta against opponents, the reverse was happening.
Amarinder had earlier warned Badal not to harass his former ministerial colleagues or officers working under him, as he (Amarinder) was responsible for all decisions taken by his government.
He charged Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal with launching a tirade against him to satisfy themselves by getting him arrested somehow.