ED moves court to get copy of challan in City Centre scam

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, HindustanTimes, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2016 22:10 IST

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has moved the court of the district and sessions judge, Ludhiana, seeking a copy of the challan in its probe into the multi-crore Ludhiana City Centre scam.

Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh is one of the accused in the case.

Punjab Police had failed to provide the copy of the challan filed on December 12, 2007 to the ED despite around 10 reminders to the police since the agency, taking “suo motu” action, had registered an enforcement case information report (ECIR) in 2013.

According to an application moved by the ED dated December 18, 2015, a copy of which is with HT, the agency has requested the court to provide it the copy of the challan. “We have started the probe but the actual investigation would begin when the challan copy is available with the ED,” the agency has told the court. The next hearing is scheduled for March 19.

According to the challan, Amarinder, son Raninder Singh and son-in-law Raminder Singh are among the accused in the scam that allegedly took place during the 2002-07 tenure of Amarinder as Punjab chief minister. The state vigilance bureau had registered the FIR in March 2007 under various sections of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

In the challan, the vigilance bureau had accused Amarinder of “diluting” the terms and conditions to favour Delhi-based company Today Homes to execute the project.

Information from the ED said the agency had already summoned GK Gambhir, managing director of Today Homes.

Former state Congress chief HS Hanspal, former local bodies minister late Choudhary Jagjit Singh and the then chairman of Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Wg Cdr Paramjit Singh Sibia (retd) were among the 19 people named in the FIR.

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