Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh on Friday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that there was no provision in the Constitution by virtue of which the court direct the chief minister to remove him from the state cabinet.
Reacting to allegations levelled by petitioner Sukhjeet Singh that Tota Singh was convicted under Prevention of Corruption Act and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, the agriculture minister said “he was exonerated of charge of disproportionate assets, which was of heinous nature, but convicted for irregularities and not illegalities committed during his tenure as a minister.”
The response came on a PIL filed by a Moga resident, who has sought removal of Tota Singh from state cabinet on account of his conviction and one year’s imprisonment and framing of charges in another case under the PC Act.
Tota Singh has also challenged locus standi of the petitioner and stated that the PIL violates norms pertaining to filing of public interest cases and has alleged that “after having lost election to him, the petitioner was indulging in frivolous litigation”. The matter would come up for arguments on December 5.