Twelve years after they were booked for irregularities in recruitment to the Punjab Subordinate Selection Board (PSSB), a local court acquitted sitting SAD MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Virsa Singh Valtoha along with five others, including former PSSB chairman Tajinderpal Singh Sandhu and the board's secretary at that time, of charges of corruption on Wednesday.
The court has declared the recruitment was held on the basis of merit.
A case of irregularities in PSSB recruitment was filed in 2012 against Valtoha, who was at that time a board member; Sandhu, Zora Singh, then board secretary; Punjab Minority Commission chairman Munawar Masih who was then a board member; and Kulbir Singh Randhawa and Ashok Loomba, both members of the board.
The testimony of the witnesses - staff nurse Amarjeet Kaur, Harjit Kaur Uppal, Darshan Sohi and Mansa advocate Jaspal Goyal - could not prove the charges against the six suspects.
Defence counsel Satnam Singh Kaler said testimony submitted by four police officials and four other witnesses failed to prove the allegations of corruption against all the six.
Earlier, the six men were booked by the vigilance bureau for allegedly taking a bribe in connection with the PSSB recruitment and a case was registered against them under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Goyal had claimed that instead of giving him an appointment letter for the position of legal officer of 'panchayati raj', PSSB secretary Zora Singh had misbehaved with him and got him forcibly evicted from the latter's (Zora's) office.