New Delhi: Navjot Singh Sidhu and controversy have become best of friends in recent times, it seems, as a complaint has been registered with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, New Delhi, seeking a probe into how a Black Partridge was brought from Pakistan, kept in Punjab and gifted to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
“I got to know through newspapers that Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu brought a stuffed Black Partridge from Pakistan and gifted it to Punjab CM. This is violation of Wildlife Protection Act 1972,” Sandeep Jain, Volunteer, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Punjab, said.
Adding further, he claimed to have registered a complaint with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, New Delhi demanding a probe on how the Black Partridge was brought from Pakistan and kept in Punjab for so long. “It’s illegal to keep an animal or a bird or their body parts without any permission,” he said.
Earlier on December 12, the Punjab Cabinet minister had called on CM Amarinder Singh at his residence and held “cordial talks”.
“The love and affection which I got from the CM after meeting him is indicative of the fact that the whole issue had been blown out of proportion,” he said, adding that “the CM did not say anything to me in this respect(controversy)…many times certain things are misinterpreted”. This was Sidhu’s first meeting with Amarinder Singh after a controversy erupted over his remarks.
The meeting came in the backdrop of demands for Sidhu’s resignation from his cabinet colleagues after he had said Congress president Rahul Gandhi was his “captain” while Amarinder Singh was an “Army captain”. He had made the remarks when asked by media that why did he attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan despite the CM’s disapproval.