The hearing of plea seeking withdrawal of a case of corruption against Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh was adjourned to November 9, after the prosecution cited lack of evidence against him.
Tota Singh is facing trial in a case registered by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau concerning recruitment of 134 clerks by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) during 2000 and 2001, when he was the education minister.
Submitting arguments before the court, district attorney Vijay Singla said there is no evidence against Tota Singh in the case, despite examining 17 witnesses, making the trial “a futile exercise”.
VB had registered an FIR under Sections 420 (cheating), 467, 471 (forgery) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) IPC and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, against Tota Singh and PSEB officials Jagjit Singh, Pavittar Pal Kaur, Tirath Singh and Amar Singh on June 14, 2002. The court in September 2008 had framed charges against the accused.