The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday stayed the trial court proceedings on a petition filed by former Punjab rural development and panchayat minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon.
In December, Kahlon had challenged the Patiala CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) special court order of summoning him in the scam about the recruitment of 909 panchayat secretaries more than a decade ago.
He had argued that the state government had disallowed the CBI to prosecute him; and that the CBI special court order about summoning him had been passed without the government's consent, and so should be quashed.
The bench of justice Sabina on Tuesday stayed the trial court proceedings until further orders and scheduled the next hearing for May 29. The case was registered in June 2003 on the statement of the-then director of rural development and panchayats. Kahlon and various state government officers were charged with corruption, forgery, and abuse of official position for irregularities in selection.
When the case was transferred to the CBI and it found out that money had changed hands during the selection process, it filed a charge sheet in the Patiala special CBI court in July 2010. The panchayat secretaries were recruited during the Akali-BJP regime in the state between 1997 and 2002.