Mann dares ex-CM Channi to ‘voluntarily’ reveal facts about cricketer bribery allegation by May 31
Last update: May 25, 2023, 3:42pm IST
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has asked Charanjit Singh Channi to clarify the issue before 2pm on 31 May. (Photo: PTI archive)
Bhagwant Mann had made the accusations a few days ago at a function. He said that he met a Punjabi cricketer in Dharamshala during an IPL match last week. The cricketer had told Mann that he met Channi’s nephew, who secured him a government job and allegedly demanded Rs 2 crore.
The war of words between Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and his predecessor in Congress Charanjit Singh Channi escalated on Thursday, with Mann setting a deadline to clear up the allegation that Channi’s nephew had demanded $2 million. of rupees to a cricketer for a government post.
Mann in his latest tweet challenged former CM Channi to reveal details of the alleged bribery deal. “Respectfully, Charanjit Channi ji, I am giving you the opportunity until 2 pm on May 31 to make public all information about your nephew requesting a bribe from a sportsman for work… if you do not do so before May 31 at 2 pm, I will post photos, name and the meeting place. I will put everything in front of Punjabis (as it translates from Punjabi),” Mann tweeted in what looks like a serious accusation against the former CM.
Channi, however, has denied the allegations and criticized the CM for spreading hoaxes against him.
Mann had first made these astonishing accusations a few days ago while addressing a meeting after laying the foundation stones to establish Tehsil complexes at Dirba and Cheema at Sangrur. Mann had said that he met a Punjabi cricketer in Dharamshala when he was in Himachal Pradesh to watch an Indian Premier League match last week. “I will not reveal his name. He plays in the Punjab team,” Mann said.
The CM alleged that the cricketer had told him that he had applied for a government job under sports quota when Captain Amarinder Singh was the prime minister. The cricketer was told that he would get the job. They then met Channi, who replaced Singh as CM, who told them to meet his niece.
The cricketer told Mann he met Channi’s nephew, who secured him the job but raised the demand for “two”, Mann said.
“The player took Rs 2 lakh to Channi’s nephew, who abused him and said ‘two’ means Rs 2 crore. They (Channi) call themselves poor. For them, ‘two’ means Rs 2 crore, not Rs 2 lakh,” the AAP leader said.