Scuttling the move of the Punjab government to withdraw a corruption case against senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and cabinet minister Tota Singh before the assembly elections, a local court for a second time dismissed the application seeking withdrawal of case against him, saying the application does not qualify to be considered to have been moved in public interest.
The state vigilance bureau had moved the court in October. Rejecting the plea, the court set December 2 as next date for final arguments. Three years ago too the SAD-BJP government had moved an application to withdraw the case.
Tota Singh, MLA from Dharamkot, is facing trial in a case registered by the VB pertaining to recruitment of 134 clerks by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) during 2000 and 2001 when Tota Singh was education minister.
Without going into the merits of the case the court only examined the application on the yardstick of whether the application moved is in public interest or not. The prosecution’s submission that the trial of Tota Singh would be a “futile exercise” as there is no iota of evidence against him failed to impress the court.