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HC grants interim protection to Punjab assembly speaker

In a relief to Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted him interim protection from arrest in a graft case.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 16, 2010 21:38 IST

In a relief to Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday granted him interim protection from arrest in a graft case.

Justice MMS Bedi of the High court directed Kahlon to appear before the special CBI Judge at Patiala on Tuesday and furnish the bail bonds as per that court's directive, Kahlon's counsel Karmbir Singh Nalwa, who moved the bail plea for the Speaker in the high court here, said.

"After furnishing the bail bonds, Kahlon will get interim bail," the counsel told PTI here.

A special court in Patiala had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Kahlon on technical grounds last week in connection with the case registered against him and 13 others for alleged irregularities in selection of panchayat secretaries during 1997-2002.

The bail application had been rejected by Special Judge of CBI court Balbir Singh who, in his order, had said the petition for anticipatory bail was not maintainable in his court where the chargesheet against Kahlon and 13 others was filed by CBI on July 9 in connection with the case.

CBI had filed a chargesheet for their alleged involvement in large scale irregularities in recruitment of 909 panchayat secretaries in Rural Development Panchayat department of Punjab government when he was minister incharge of the department during SAD-BJP government's previous tenure from 1997 to 2002.

The court has already issued directions to start the trial in the case from August 17 in which summons have been issued to Kahlon and other accused.