The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh's son Raninder Singh on the state government's petition seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to him by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the Ludhiana City Centre scam case.
A Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and DK Jain fixed June 18 as the next date for hearing the petition against the May 24 High Court order after senior counsel Arun Jaitley submitted on behalf of the Punjab government that custodial interrogation of the accused was needed to arrive at the truth.
The court also issued notice to Raminder Singh Thakker, the son-in-law of Amarinder Singh's brother, who was granted anticipatory bail by the same order of the High Court.
Contending that the offence alleged was serious in nature, the state government said since the accused were very powerful politicians of the state there was strong possibility of the investigation being tampered with.
Capt Singh and his famly members are facing allegations of corruption in the construction of the Ludhiana City Centre. The Punjab Vigilance Bureau is investigating the case.
Capt Singh, who himself is on anticipatory bail in the case, has said that he has been falsely implicated by the Akali Dal-BJP government to settle political scores with him.
The state government had moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday for cancellation of anticipatory bail granted to Raninder and Raminder by a Single Judge of the High Court, on the ground that it would amount to minimising the gravity of offences and denying the investigating agency an opportunity to uncover the truth.
The vigilance bureau has arrested alleged hawala agent Chetan Gupta and claimed to have seized valuable electronic data and which "clearly links the respondents with the embezzlement of funds worth crores…”
The petition further said: "The statement of one Rameswhar Dutt Awasthi, recorded under Section 164 Cr.PC, categorically reveals that Thakkar was involved in every meeting in which the conspiracy was hatched…"