In a relief for Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, who was the media adviser to then Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has given the clean chit to his wife Jaswinder Kaur in the disproportionate assets case registered here in 2007.
Chahal is the main accused in the case in which the names of his son and others also figure.
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 has also given the clean chit to Dr Parveen Kumar, a co-accused in the case. A supplementary challan in this regard was presented in the court of additional district and sessions judge Jatinder Kaur.
"On the basis of the documents presented by the accused (Jaswinder Kaur), she was found innocent in the VB inquiry. Thus, I have absolved her of the charges and presented a revised challan in the court," Rajinder Pal Singh told HT.
Vigilance Bureau deputy superintendent of police (DSP) KD Sharma presented the challan in the court.
The challan against Chahal and family members was presented in 2008, in which the prosecution claimed that during his tenure as the media adviser to the former CM, Chahal had amassed assets worth more than Rs 10 crore, whereas his total income during that period was around Rs 1.87 crore. The VB also named 10 other accused in the case registered under sections 8, 9, 13, 14 and 288 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Chahal's son Bikramjit Singh; Surjit Singh and Bhupinder Singh of Barsat village (Patiala district), Gursharan Singh and Jasbir Singh of Kamalpur village (Ludhiana district); US-based Gurmit Singh; and Jaswinder Pal Singh of Delhi are the other accused.
The VB had registered a disproportionate assets case against Chahal on July 11, 2007, a few months after the Akali-BJP alliance had regained power in Punjab. There are more than 109 witnesses in the case. The court has fixed November 30 for the framing of charges against the accused.