The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued notice of motion to the Punjab government and the 15 accused in the 2008 Amritsar Improvement Trust case on a petition filed by Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh seeking transfer of the case outside the state and stay on the SAS Nagar trial court proceedings.
The court of justice MMS Bedi, on Wednesday, while observing that Amarinder had levelled allegations of bias against the prosecuting agency, issued notices of motion for October 15.
During the hearing of the case, the bench also said that the petitioner's counsel had filed an application, stating that 15 other accused had no objection in case the trial was transferred outside Punjab, to Chandigarh or anywhere in Haryana.
The petitioner's counsel informed the bench that the same investigation officer in the case was given extension even after his retirement.
Amarinder had also submitted before the court that the public prosecutor was functioning directly under the administrative command of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who headed the home department. Since there was a political rivalry between him and Badals, a fair trial of the case could not be expected, he submitted.
The vigilance bureau on September 11, 2008 had registered a case under various sections of the IPC, including forgery, cheating and under the prevention of corruption act, following a report of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha committee that had indicted several people, including Amarinder, for having caused a loss of about Rs 130 crore to the state.