Trouble is brewing for former Congress MLA from Talwandi Sabo, Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, who had recently joined the SAD, and seven others, accused in the Rs 60 crore fraud case, as the court ordered re-investigation after rejecting the cancellation report filed by the police.
Judicial magistrate Pamel Preet Grewal on Wednesday rejected the cancellation report and ordered re-investigation considering the protest petition by complainant Raman Uppal, against what he called "extremely slipshod investigation with the sole objective of covering up the said scam to protect powerful individuals who are accused in the case".
The UT police had registered a case in September 2013 of cheating and forgery against Sidhu, and seven others, including Sukhbir Singh Shergill, trustee of the Adesh Foundation that runs a number of educational institutes in the state, and Gurdeep Singh, managing director of Fastway Transmissions, on the complaint of Delhi resident Raman Uppal. Uppal had alleged being duped of Rs 60 crore by fraudulent replacement of directors in a firm called International Customer-Related Management Services (ICRMS) Private Limited.
The UT police in January 2014 had filed a cancellation report after investigations saying no case was made out. The cancellation report that remained untraceable for about three months had allegedly not been even placed before the court, so that notice to the complainant seeking his objections could be issued.
Contesting the prayer of the UT police for cancellation of the case, Uppal alleged, "The cancellation report filed by the police has been manipulated under pressure from the accused considering their immense political and financial clout. Among the eight accused, Sidhu is a Punjab MLA who has recently changed his loyalties from the Congress to the SAD and another accused Gurdeep Singh is an extremely powerful businessman from Punjab."
Uppal claimed that he had earlier made three representations to the inspector general of police of Chandigarh pointing out serious flaws in the investigation of the case.
Court staff's role under scanner
Uppal had already filed a complaint against the court staff seeking action and registration of an FIR against them.
In the complaint filed before chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma, Uppal has sought appropriate legal and disciplinary action against ahlmad Sikander Singh and naib court Balraj (recently booked by the CBI in corruption case) for "having deliberately misplaced the cancellation report" besides having given a copy of this cancellation report to Narinder Singh, an accused in the case, with the sole objective of subverting the judicial process.