Amarinder Singh questioned on personal wealth (Lead)

July 6th, 2008 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, July 6 (IANS) Punjab’s former chief minister Amarinder Singh was questioned Sunday by the state vigilance bureau in a case of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. A team headed by Shiv Kumar, senior superintendent of police-vigilance bureau, questioned Singh at Patiala Circuit House.

The vigilance bureau summoned Amarinder and his son Raninder Singh for questioning in the case registered against them at Patiala June 20.

However, Raninder did not attend the questioning as he has gone abroad with prior permission from the court.

After the first round of questioning Sunday morning, the former chief minister was even allowed to go back home for lunch and then return for more questioning.

Amarinder said there was no problem as the vigilance bureau is doing its duty and the officials are very cooperative.

Amarinder answered some of the questions while on some he refused to answer as he needed some additional information and supporting facts, said a vigilance bureau official.

Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Congress chief, had told party workers to stay away from him as the questioning pertains to his personal wealth and assets and the party has nothing to do with it.

Despite this, many party activists and Congressmen were present to reiterate their support to Amarinder. However, assembly of more than five people was prohibited in the area to avoid any untoward incidence.

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