After 12 years, a recovery case filed against Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is set to get a silent burial with the complaint submitting before the court that he wanted to withdraw the case.
Former additional director, Punjab information and public relations department, Jagdip Singh Chowhan, had filed a recovery case against Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal in 2001.
On Tuesday, Chowhan submitted before the chief judicial magistrate, Rajnish K Sharma, that he did not wish to pursue the case.
Talking to mediapersons after the proceedings, Chowhan, however, denied that he had struck a compromise with the Badals and even denied having withdrawn the case.
The statements recorded by Chowhan on Tuesday are in continuation of his statement given before the Punjab and Haryana high court stating that he wanted to withdraw the recovery case filed by him in Chandigarh district courts.
Chowhan had made these submissions before the court headed by justice Nawab Singh earlier this month during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by Punjab chief minister, challenging Chandigarh district court's order of not allowing him to get his statements recorded outside the district courts through a local commissioner.
The high court was informed that because of out-of-court settlement, Chowhan wanted to withdraw the case unconditionally and he thus filed the statement in the district courts for withdrawing the case.
Chowhan had moved the Chandigarh district court in November 2001, submitting that he had spent R2.32 lakh from his pocket during the Lok Sabha elections in 1998 and a by-election in 1999 on senior Badal's directions, who was the chief minister then.
He had also submitted that he was asked to spend the said money for various activities, such as hospitality for mediapersons and putting advertisements on behalf of Shiromani Akali Dal to help Sukhbir Singh Badal, who fought the two elections from Faridkot. However, keeping the constraints of court fee in mind, Chowhan had sought to recover only Rs 82,032, when Badals did not return his money.