Punjab minister Channi accused of sending ‘improper messages’ to woman IAS officer

New Delhi: In a grave allegation, a woman IAS officer has accused Punjab technical education minister Charanjit Singh Channi of sending “inappropriate” text messages to her.

As per reports, the state CM Amarinder Singh – who is currently in Israel on an official visit –  said the matter relating to “objectionable message” of the minister had been taken very seriously, and to the best of his knowledge, resolved to the officer’s satisfaction.

“The matter was brought to my notice some weeks ago and I had asked the minister to apologise and sort it out with the lady officer. I understand he had done so to the satisfaction of the officer and, thus, the matter was resolved,” said the CM in a statement from Tel Aviv on Wednesday. While the CM’s statement did not name anyone, the minister’s name was confirmed to this newspaper by a top-ranking government functionary

Channi is MLA from Chamkaur Sahib reserved constituency. The CM’s statement came after the opposition SAD and AAP asked him to ‘unmask’ his cabinet colleague who had sent indecent messages.

Opposition demands Channi’s dismissal

  • Punjab’s opposition parties, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), on Wednesday asked the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to ‘unmask’ Channi.
  • Demanding dismissal of the minister, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal asked the Chief Minister why he, as well as Congress president Rahul Gandhi, were dragging their feet in taking action against the minister. In a statement, the SAD president said as per media reports, no action had been taken against the cabinet minister.
  • “This, the media reports said, was despite the fact that the IAS officer had brought the matter to the notice of her superior officers and even the Chief Minister,” Badal alleged. “The Chief Minister must tell the people why he is trying to cover it up,” Badal said. He said it was shocking that even Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been apprised about the incident, has kept silent on the issue.
  • “The Congress and Rahul Gandhi demanded M.J. Akbar’s resignation from the Union cabinet following allegations of sexual harassment when he was the Editor,” Badal said. “But the Congress chief has been actively sheltering someone for similar transgressions.”
  • AAP woman wing president Raj Lali Gill and co-president Jiwanjot Kaur in a statement on Wednesday asked the Chief Minister to take immediate action against the cabinet minister who is continuously harassing the woman officer.