Special CBI judge Vimal Kumar on Wednesday acquitted president of the Cooperative House Building Society, Sector 16, Chandigarh, Kulwant Singh Gill, in a graft case.
On April 4, 2011, the sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) had arrested Kulwant Singh Gill red-handed while accepting an illegal gratification of Rs 1 lakh from a local resident, Shivraj Singh.
The CBI had arrested Gill on charges of demanding an illegal gratification for transfer of a share certificate, a charge, which the prosecution failed to prove. As CBI failed to prove the allegations, the court acquitted Gill giving him benefit of doubt.
The defence counsel argued that the money was actually part of the substitution fee that was required to be paid for transfer of the flat bought by Shivraj Singh.
The defence proved that Gill was falsely being implicated and that the money taken was the substitution fee, charged for transfer of the flat and not bribe as alleged by the complainant.
The defence counsel proved that the flat was allotted to the original allotee, who failed to pay the arrears, hence it was sold and re-sold twice before being bought by the complainant. For every sale, as per the rules of the society, every time a flat is sold an amount of Rs 2 lakh is charged as substitution fee and Shivraj Singh was also asked to do the same.
Gill was arrested on the complaint of Shivraj Singh, who was allegedly being harassed by Gill, who persisted him to pay Rs 1 lakh as bribe. As per the CBI, Gill had allegedly told the complainant that he needs to pay certain government officials who would help him in the transfer of share certificate of the flat purchased by the complainant in the Sector 16 Cooperative Housing Building Society Limited, located at Sector 50.