• Kurukshetra University, Haryana
• Master of Business Administration at Kurukshetra University, Haryana
Panjkosi, Teh. Abohar,
Distt. Fazilka-152128, Punjab
In 2012, SAD leader Shiv Lal Doda challenged the result of the 2012 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections by filling an election petition in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana against Sunil Jakhar. Doda alleged that the wrong publication of the ballot paper led his supporters, especially the illiterate ones, to cast their vote in favour of Jakhar (who was at serial No. 1) as they failed to find Doda’s name at the end of the ballot paper. The court dismissed the election petition and charged Doda with a fine of Rs 50,000 stating that the petition was wholly frivolous and vexatious.
Linking Sukhbir Singh Badal to Bhim Tank Murderer Shiv Lal Doda
In 2017, Sunil Jakhar alleged that an officer on special duty (OSD) to the deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and a DGP-rank officer were in touch with the liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda during Doda’s imprisonment in Fazilka jail. Doda was arrested in the Bhim Tank murder case of Abohar. Jakhar also provided the Punjab CEO with seven mobile phone numbers, which, according to him, were being used by Doda in the jail. During a press conference, Jakhar said that the then-ruling government in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal, was trying to hush up the case and demanded a fair investigation. Reportedly, Jakhar also tipped off the Election Commission of India to conduct a raid on Fazilka jail after which 24 outsiders, including SAD leaders from Abohar, were found meeting Doda inside the jail illegally.
Dalits lodged a complaint against Sunil Jakhar in April 2022 for his alleged remark against the community, citing that his objectionable language had hurt the sentiments of Dalits. Previously, Jakhar had indirectly targeted Charanjit Singh Channi, who was appointed as Punjab’s first Dalit CM, during an interview. Jakhar questioned the INC leaders for their choice of Channi for the role. Later, via a tweet, Jakhar termed him a liability to Congress who pulled INC down in the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections, which were won by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Consequently, the furious members of the Sri Guru Ravidas Federation Punjab and Satguru Ravidas Dharam Samaj Punjab burnt an effigy of Jakhar demanding an FIR to be lodged against him.
Later, Sunil Jakhar visted the Sant Ravidas Janam Asthan Mandir at Varanasi to pay homage and tender an apology.
Disciplinary Action by Congress
AICC issuing a show-cause notice to Jakhar for his Anti-SC remarks and asked for a reply within a week. There were speculations that of Jakhar would be suspended for a period of two years, and he would be removed from all party posts. When the deadline of the notice approached Jakhar refused to reply to it and said that he was ready to face the consequences.
Note: Silvia Jakhar hails from Switzerland.
Mother– Name Not Known
Note: Sunil Jakhar is the youngest of three siblings.
• Cash: Rs 5,87,040
• Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial
• Companies: Rs 8,60,38,105
• Bonds, Debentures and Shares in companies: Rs 20,09,133
• Personal loans/advance given: Rs 3,71,345
• Motor Vehicles: Rs 1,00,079
• Jewellery: Rs 2,37,000
• Other assets, such as values of claims/ interests: Rs 1,29,45,673
• Agricultural Land: Rs 2,67,70,146
• Commercial Buildings: Rs 2,00,000
• Residential Buildings: Rs 12,25,04,180
Note: In an affidavit submitted with his nomination papers in 2019, Jakhar declared that he and his wife have immovable assets of Rs 2,88,41,688 and Rs 1,20,63,26,638 respectively. He also declared over Rs 7.37 crore deposits in the Zurcher Kantonal Bank in Zurich, Switzerland, in his wife Silvia Jakhar’s name.