The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday refused to grant interim bail to Sarabhdyal Singh, former personal assistant of Punjab animal husbandry minister Gulzar Singh Ranike and key accused in the border area development programme (BADP) fund scam in Attari constituency, and adjourned the case for hearing on July 4.
When the petition came up for hearing before the vacation bench headed by justice Naresh Kumar Sanghi, the court said the regular bench should hear the same on July 4.
In his petition, Sarabhdyal, who is at present in Amritsar central jail, had requested for interim bail stating that his wife was hospitalised and his son, suffering from mental disorder, needed to be brought to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, for a check-up.
Earlier, the Amritsar district court had dismissed his interim bail petition in the case, after which he had approached the high court. An FIR was registered against him on October 26, 2012, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, at the vigilance bureau police station, Amritsar.
During the investigation, the state vigilance bureau had found that Sarabhdyal had accumulated assets worth Rs. 2.56 crore from the embezzled amount between July 2008 and September 2012. This included a house at Amritsar worth Rs. 1 crore, a share in Rise Land School worth Rs. 21 lakh, a plot in Ranjit Vihar, Amritsar, worth Rs. 15 lakh, fixed deposit of Rs. 1 lakh in HDFC bank, Amritsar, and investment of Rs. 1.24 lakh in life insurance.