Former Punjab minister’s son surrenders in sex racket case

November 7th, 2008 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Patiala, Nov 7 (IANS) The son of former Akali Dal minister Tota Singh was remanded in four days of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody after he surrendered before a special CBI court here in a sex scandal case.The surrender by Baljinder Singh came after the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected his bail application this week.

The minister’s son figures in a sex scandal involving police officers, influential businessmen and women from Moga town, 70 km from Ludhiana. The scandal came to light in 2007.

The CBI had arrested several people, including two Punjab police officers, Davinder Singh Garcha and P.S. Sandhu, for their alleged involvement in the scandal.

The policemen and Baljinder Singh had connived to blackmail prominent businessmen of Moga town by making them fall in the trap of call girls, the CBI alleged. The investigators say that millions of rupees were extorted from rich people of Moga by involving them in the scandal.

The scandal came to light after one of the victims of the extortion racket spilled the beans after he failed to pay up to the police officials.

Tota Singh was Punjab’s education minister in a previous state government (1997-2002), also headed by present Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

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