Sacked Punjab health minister Singla sent to 14-day judicial custody

Mohali: A Mohali court on Friday sent sacked Punjab health minister Dr Vijay Singla to 14-day judicial custody on graft charges
On May 25, Dr Singla, along with his OSD Pardeep Kumar, were arrested on corruption charges after chief minister Bhagwant Mann sacked him as he was accused of demanding a 1% commission in tenders and purchases by his department.
On May 25, Dr Singla, along with his OSD Pardeep Kumar, were arrested on corruption charges after chief minister Bhagwant Mann sacked him as he was accused of demanding a 1% commission in tenders and purchases by his department.
Updated on May 28, 2022 12:57 AM IST
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Mohali: A Mohali court on Friday sent sacked Punjab health minister Dr Vijay Singla to 14-day judicial custody on graft charges.

On May 25, Dr Singla, along with his OSD Pardeep Kumar, were arrested on corruption charges after chief minister Bhagwant Mann sacked him as he was accused of demanding a 1% commission in tenders and purchases by his department.

Both were produced before the Mohali court after their three-day police remand ended on Friday. Singla’s OSD, too, has been remanded to judicial custody till June 10. The former health minister has now been sent to the Ropar jail. The next date of hearing is June 10.

The court also allowed the police to take Singla’s voice samples, which will be matched with the mobile phone recordings made by the complainant, Rajinder Singh, superintending engineer, posted on deputation in the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

The investigating officer said that the police have searched room number 203 in Punjab Bhawan, where Singla and his OSD allegedly demanded commission, and some documents related to the case have been seized. The police have procured the CDRs and CCTV footage of the room.

After appearing in the court, Singla told reporters that he has full faith in his party and the judiciary and he will come out clean.

In the FIR, the complainant, Rajinder Singh, stated that in April, Pardeep Kumar asked him to give 2% as commission, i.e. 1.16 crore, from the total amount of 58 crore, which included 41 crore as allotment of construction works and 17 crore as payments to contractors.

When the official pleaded against it, the OSD allegedly threatened to destroy his career. Later on May 20, the OSD again asked him to give 10 lakh as settlement money and 1% as commission from all projects to the minister in future. To save himself from mental harassment, Rajinder Singh offered 5 lakh, stated the FIR.

On May 23, the OSD called the complainant to the secretariat to meet him and the minister and hand over the money. It was then that the official recorded the conversation and handed over the audio clip to his seniors, which then reached the CM.

A case under Sections 7 and 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against Singla and his OSD at the Phase 8 police station in Mohali.

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