Charges were framed on Wednesday against six people in connection with a 2002 recruitment scam in Punjab School Education Board, in which former state education minister Tota Singh is an accused.
The board hired 134 clerks and 60 helpers in the scam. The charges were framed in the court of additional district and sessions judge Dilbagh Singh Johal here.
The charges are against former board chairman Kehar Singh; retired deputy director Mahinder Singh Karir; the-then assistant secretary, Varinder Kumar; Tej Ram Goyal, special secretary to chair man; Charanjit Singh Neelu officer on special duty (OSD) to the chairman; and establishment branch superintendent Amarjeet Singh Multani.
The court had summoned all six accused based on an application that prime prosecution witness Om Parkash Soni, who retired as joint secretary of the board, had moved on November 27 last year.
The court has framed these charg es under Sections 406 (criminal breach), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 469 (forgery for the purpose of harming reputation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
“The charges have been framed against the additional accused. The trial will star t afresh on May 14,” said defense counsel HS Paul, adding that now all witnesses and evidence would be presented again before the court.