In a setback to the Punjab vigilance bureau, a local court here on Monday acquitted BIS Chahal, media adviser to then chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, in a disproportionate assets case.
The court of additional district and sessions judge Mohammad Gulzar also acquitted Chahal’s wife Jaswinder Kaur and their son Bikramjit Singh, who were also accused in the case registered here in 2007.
A detailed judgment is awaited, but vigilance officials confirmed the acquittal. The case fell flat as the vigilance bureau failed to prove the charges.
In April last year, the court had rejected the clean chit given by the vigilance bureau to Jaswinder Kaur and Bikramjit Singh and framed charges against them. However, during the trial, the vigilance case fell flat. The clean chit to Jaswinder was given on the basis of the inquiry conducted by Rajinder Pal Singh, joint director (crime), VB, Chandigarh. The VB had also given the clean chit to Parveen Kumar, another accused in the case.
Chahal and six other accused were facing charges under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and 120-B of the IPC. The challan against Chahal and family was presented in 2008, in which the prosecution claimed that during his tenure as the media adviser to Amarinder, Chahal had amassed assets worth around Rs 10 crore, whereas his income during the period was Rs 1.87 crore.
Surjit Singh and Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, Gursharan Singh and Jasbir Singh of Ludhiana, US-based Gurmit Singh, and Jaswinder Pal Singh of Delhi were the other accused in the case, which had as many as 109 witnesses.