Asked to deposit phone, Jakhar leaves CM’s office in a huff

Chandigarh, April 12: Asked by security personnel to deposit his mobile handset at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in the Punjab Civil Secretariat here, state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar left the place in a huff without meeting the CM on Wednesday.

Later, he switched off his mobile phone and reportedly flew back to New Delhi.

All efforts to contact Jakhar proved futile. His personal secretary, Sanjeev Trikha, said he was not aware of the incident, while claiming that he was not accompanying the PPCC chief here.

A senior MLA, who witnessed the incident, said when Jakhar and other legislators arrived for a scheduled meeting with the Chief Minister, the security staff asked him to first deposit his cellphone.

Some Cabinet ministers were also present at that time. After handing over his phone, Jakhar waited for a while before taking it back and going away. It is learnt that he had sought an audience with the CM over the recent large-scale transfers in the police department and other issues. Party sources said Jakhar was likely to skip the debt waiver function in Sangrur on Thursday.