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Amritsar Improvement Trust case: HC judge transfers case to be heard by other judge

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   Chandigarh, September 03, 2013
First Published: 21:54 IST(3/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:11 IST(3/9/2013)

Justice Paramjeet Singh of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday transferred the petition filed by former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, seeking quashing of the FIR in the 2008 Amritsar Improvement Trust case, for hearing before some other judge of the high court.

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The decision came when the court noticed on Tuesday that the petitioner had made a habit to seek adjournments in the case on one pretext or the other.

Earlier, the petitioner had sought adjournment in the case for September 3 stating that senior Supreme Court advocate Uday U Lalit, appearing for him, would not be able to appear.

However, again on Tuesday, there was an adjournment slip on the case for September 10 stating that the senior counsel was busy with the 2G Spectrum case hearing in Delhi.

The court took a serious note of such repeated adjournment requests unnecessarily delaying the trial of the case and referred the matter to the chief justice for placing it before some other judge.

The Punjab vigilance bureau had on September 11, 2008, registered a case under various sections of the IPC, including charges of forgery and cheating, and the Prevention of Corruption Act, following a report of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha committee that had indicted several persons, including Amarinder, for having caused a loss of about Rs. 130 crore to the state.

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