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CBI judge bribery case: Punjab dismissed ‘middle-man’ law officer

punjab Updated: Mar 09, 2015 07:40 IST
Vishal Rambani
Vishal Rambani
Hindustan Times
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The heads are started rolling the infamous CBI Judge Bribery case, as the Punjab Government has dismissed the services of Sushil Singla, Law officer posted in office of Legal Rememberancer (LR), who was acting as middle man of the Hemant Gopal, the Additional District session under suspension.

Singla was indicted by Inquiry officer BC Gupta, a Retired Additional Session Judge, who was asked to inquire into role of the Singla in bribery case, which rocked the Punjab judiciary after being Highlighted By Hindustan Times.

BC Gupta, in his report, had indicted Singla by saying his role in racket and accepting money from the persons facing case in CBI court, was proved beyond doubt.

“Yes, Punjab Government has terminated his Singla’s services following his indictment by the special Inquiry officer”, said HPS Mahal, LR, Punjab.

While Singla was facing the inquiry ordered by Punjab Government, the Punjab and Haryana Court has authorised the District and Session Judge, Panchkula to complete the probe against the Hemant Gopal, for whom the Singla was accepting bribe.

Both Gopal and Singla were placed under suspension in September 2013, after a preliminary inquiry by the High Court Registrar (Vigilance) Arun Kumar Tyagi, had found the prima-facie charges against Gopal as correct and recommended for full fledged inquiry. Taking up the matter, the Full Bench of HC, immediately placed Gopal under suspension.

Registrar Vigilance of High Court had indicted them for taking money from accused in a Rice scam, to let off some accused.

Sources said in the inquiry, Singla was indicted for taking bribe, which was filmed by the Mangat Rai Bansal, one of the accused. Gupta, to finalise his inquiry, has taken cognizance of video recording, and quizzed Singla on basis of the other material provided in the inquiry of High Court.

The IO has summarised that Singla was very much aware of the case proceedings and had taken the bribe from Parminder and others, who were later let off by Judge. He has taken money at residence of Mangat Rai Bansal and next day visited the residence of Hemant Gopal at Patiala.

When questioned that why the Punjab Government has not registered FIR, when its proved that bribe has exchanged hands and for recovery of bribe money, HPS Mahal said that its not under his purview. “I have already played my part by dismissing him from service. Its home ministry, which has to see whether to lodge FIR or not”, he adds.

It is pertinent to mention that a Compact Disc was showing a middleman ---Sushil Singla---a law officer with the Punjab Goverment ‘striking a deal’ on behalf of Gopal from Parminder Singh, an accused along with the Bansal in a rice embezzlement case. In the CD, the middleman was collecting bribe money of worth Rs. 40 lakhs on behalf of CBI Judge from Parminder Singh, who was let off by the Gopal in a CBI case related to emabzzlement of paddy by Rice millers.

Bansal was also facing same CBI case, and Gopal, who had sentenced the Akali leader for 7 years RI, was let off Parminder in same case.

Parminder had paid the bribe of Rs. 40 Lakhs to middlemen Sushil Singla, an advocate, at MLA Flats of Punjab Government at Chandigarh. Bansal was residing in that plot.

Singla collected money on behalf of judge on April 17 and on April 20, Gopal as CBI judge delievered judgement in which he along with 21 others were convicted for ten years RI. Two of the 24 convicted have been sentenced to three years in jail, while Parminder, from whom middleman received money, was let off along with a woman accused. rambani@hindustantimes.com

Some excerpts of CD

Case history

Mangat Rai Bansal and 23 other rice millers were accused of embezzlement of government paddy and causing loss of Rs 1.8 crore to the exchequer. The CBI registered the case in 1999 and the trial was completed in 2013. Pronouncing the judgment, CBI judge Hemant Gopal convicted 22 people, while acquitting Parminder Singh and Bachni Devi.