The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by suspended IAS officer and former Patiala deputy commissioner Vikas Garg seeking quashing of the FIR registered against him and nine others on November 9, 2012, in the Rs 250-crore Patiala land scam.
The case came up for hearing before the court headed by justice Paramjeet Singh. However, the detailed order in the case is yet to come.
As per the allegations, Garg was instrumental in marking Rs 250-crore government land measuring around 6,000 sq yards on the grand post office road, Patiala, as private property to allow its further sale in 2011. The trial court had found that the officials had executed the land sale deed worth Rs 250 crore for just Rs 6.3 crore.
Garg, along with five revenue officials, was suspended on May 8, 2012, by the Punjab government. Since the officer is evading arrest, the state vigilance bureau had on March 8 filed an application in the Patiala trial court for declaring Garg a proclaimed offender as he had failed to join the investigation.
The Supreme Court had dismissed Garg's petition seeking anticipatory bail in January.