Amarinder misses date, granted anticipatory bail
Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh did not appeared before a Mohali Special Court but he was granted anticipatory bail in a graft case pertaining to Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) land scam in Mohali on Wednesday.
However, former Punjab Local Government Minister Ch Jagjit Singh, former AIT chairman Jugal Kishore Sharma and 12 others named as accused in a criminal case registered by Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) were granted regular bail and handed over
copies of the chargesheet presented against them after they appeared before Additional District-cum-Special Judge SK Garg, who was holding the trial of the high-profile case.
Amarinder and another accused Rajeev Bhagat, a former AIT member, sought exemption from court appearance, which was allowed on medical grounds.
The next hearing in the case was posted to April 4 when Captain Amarinder will appear to seek regular bail in the case.
While Jagjit, Sharma and other accused were earlier granted anticipatory bail, which was confirmed as regular bail following their submission of requisite surety bonds as per court order, Capt Amarinder was on February 27 granted till today interim bail.
On February 10, the Bureau had filed a chargesheet against 16 accused after grilling Amarinder at his Moti Bagh Palace in Patiala.
The nine-member Assembly panel had charged them with releasing 32.10 acres of AIT land for development by private colonisers in violation of rules following a complaint by a senior Congress leader and former Assembly Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh, who had raised the issue in the House during Singh's tenure as Chief Minister between 2002-2007.
On the reference of the Assembly, Amarinder and others were booked under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and accused of cheating, forgery, tampering of official records and criminal conspiracy.
This was the third case registered by Bureau against Amarinder after SAD-BJP combine came to power in 2007.