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HC confirms Tota Singh's bail in official vehicle misuse case

chandigarh Updated: May 17, 2012 19:34 IST
Sanjeev Verma

Former Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh's bail has been confirmed by the Punjab and Haryana high court in the official vehicle misuse case.

He had moved the high court against his conviction and one-year imprisonment awarded by an additional district and sessions court in Mohali for misusing an official vehicle during his stint as the state education minister from 1997-2002.

The former minister's petition challenging the conviction, which was earlier admitted by the high court, will come up for hearing with regular cases as per its turn.

Tota Singh's petition came up for hearing in the court of justice Ritu Bahri. The former minister was granted bail till June 5 by the Mohali trial court on May 5, the day his sentence was pronounced.

The Mohali court had found Tota Singh guilty of misusing an official vehicle of Punjab School Education Board, causing a huge loss to the board.

However, the court acquitted him of more serious charges of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

In his bail application, filed in the high court, Tota Singh had mentioned that his appeal petition was likely to take a long time to be heard and he was facing prosecution since 2002. He further added that he had been in custody for two months during the trial followed by bail later and there was no allegation of misuse of bail concession by him.

However, in his petition challenging the conviction and sentence awarded to him on the charge that official car number PB27-5105, which was subsequently replaced by car number PB-65-2710 was misused by either by the education minister or his family members, Tota Singh that the trial court had erred in passing the judgment.

Tota Singh mentioned that the trial court had given the judgment based on "unfair and tainted investigation".