Ravi Sidhu convicted for seven years in PPSC cash-for-job scam

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2015 21:40 IST

A local court on Tuesday awarded seven-year imprisonment to former Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) chairman Ravinderpal Singh Ravi Sidhu in the 2002 cash-for-job scam.

Additional district sessions judge Pushwinder Singh, who had on Monday held Sidhu and three others guilty in the scam, also imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on him.

The court awarded imprisonment to Sidhu under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 465 and 471 (both related to forgery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 13(1)(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The court also awarded four-year imprisonment to former PPSC secretary Prithpal Singh and Sidhu’s middleman Paramjit Singh Pammi. Two-year imprisonment was awarded to Purshotam Singh Sodhi a former Punjab Civil Service officer, who has secured a job by paying bribe to Sidhu.

A court on Monday held former Ravi Sidhu and three others guilty in the cash-for-job scam that was busted by the Punjab vigilance bureau in 2002.

The court acquitted university professors Jaspal Singh and Gurpal Singh, who were charged with leaking question papers.

This is the second case in which Sidhu has been sentenced. A Rupnagar district court had already sentenced Sidhu to six-year jail in the scam. A Patiala court also held 11 PCS (allied) officers guilty of securing jobs by paying bribe. Their appeal is pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court.

During investigation of scam which unearted with arrest of Sidhu, The VB had found that without evaluation of answer sheets some candidates has got maximum marks. Later, it lodged an FIR under Section against the accused, in which 11 persons were made accused including four university Professors.

The accused included Sidhu’s brother Reetinder Singh and sister-in-law Ajinder Kaur, who had been declared proclaimed offenders. Sidhu’s mother Pritptal Kaur, Jagdish Kalra and Amarjit Singh, also accused in the case, died during the course of trial.

The vigilance bureau had accused Sidhu of accepting bribe for recruitments through the PPSC between 1995 and 2002.

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