Punjab HC stays custodial interrogation of Amarinder Singh

September 15th, 2008 - 7:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Chandigarh, Sept 15 (ANI): A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the custodial interrogation of former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in connection with a graft case registered by the States Vigilance Bureau.

Justices Adarsh Goel and Ajay Tewari also issued notices to the Punjab Assembly through its Secretary and directed him to file the reply on or before October 31.

Last week, the Bench had reserved its judgment on Singh’’s plea seeking a stay in the case and on his expulsion from the Punjab Legislative Assembly.

Further, Singh was directed by the bench to file a rejoinder on or before November 15 and admitted the case for final hearing on December 1 before a regular division bench.

However, the court allowed the Vigilance Bureau to carry on with its investigation into the case registered against the Congress leader and seven others in connection with irregularities in the Amritsar land deal.

Last week, Singh had moved the High Court challenging the Assembly’’s September 10 decision to strip him of his membership and declaring his Patiala seat vacant after a House Committee indicted him and three others in the case.

Singh has been charged by the House Committee of releasing 32.10 acres of Improvement Trust, Amritsar land for development by private colonisers in violation of rules.

Congress leader Bir Devinder Singh had raised the issue in the House during Singh’’s tenure as Chief Minister between 2002 and 2007 and made a complaint on the same.

Besides Singh, former Local Bodies Minister Jagjit Singh, former Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) Chairman Jugal Kishore Sharma, two employees of AIT and two builders have been named in the FIR registered in Mohali. (ANI)

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