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Ludhiana City Centre scam: HC issues notice to Punjab govt on ED petition

Barely a month after Captain Amarinder Singh took over as Punjab chief minister, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a central government arm involved in checking money laundering, has moved the Punjab and Haryana high court challenging a Ludhiana court order whereby it was denied copies of the FIR and challan in the multi-crore Ludhiana City Centre scam allegedly involving Captain.

punjab Updated: Apr 19, 2017 12:09 IST
Surender Sharma
According to the challan, Amarinder, his son Raninder Singh and son-in-law Raminder Singh are among the accused in the scam that allegedly took place during his 2002-07 tenure as CM.
According to the challan, Amarinder, his son Raninder Singh and son-in-law Raminder Singh are among the accused in the scam that allegedly took place during his 2002-07 tenure as CM.(HT File )

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Punjab government on a petition moved by the enforcement directorate (ED) seeking a copy of the FIR and challan of the Ludhiana City Centre Scam.

Barely a month after Captain Amarinder Singh took over as Punjab chief minister, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a central government arm involved in checking money laundering, had moved the Punjab and Haryana high court challenging a Ludhiana court order whereby it was denied copies of the FIR and challan in the multi-crore Ludhiana City Centre scam allegedly involving Captain.

According to the challan, Amarinder, his son Raninder Singh and son-in-law Raminder Singh are among the accused in the scam that allegedly took place during his 2002-07 tenure as CM.

The state vigilance bureau had registered the FIR in March 2007 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act.

In the challan, the vigilance bureau had accused Amarinder of “diluting” the terms and conditions to allegedly favour Delhi-based company Today Homes to execute the project. It was alleged that the company derived benefits worth Rs 1,144 crore.

In the petition to be taken up by the high court bench of justice TS Dhindsa on Wednesday, the ED has challenged the 2016 order of Ludhiana district and sessions court denying copies of the FIR and challan. ED had argued that despite nearly a dozen reminders, police had failed to provide the copy of these documents and trial court too failed to appreciate the issues raised by the agency. The challan was filed on December 12, 2007 and ED had registered an enforcement case information report (ECIR) in 2013.

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.

Reports had recently suggested that days before the Congress government took over, the vigilance bureau had initiated review of the case purportedly in the light of “new evidence”, which had cropped up in the past decade.