India Badal, Family Acquitted In 7-year-old Corruption Case

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Badal, family acquitted in 7-year-old corruption case

PTI, Oct 1, 2010, 01.37pm IST

MOHALI (Punjab): In a reprieve for Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, a local court in Mohali on Friday acquitted him along with his wife, son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir and eight others in a seven-year-old corruption and disproportionate assets case.

The case was filed against them during the Amarinder Singh-led Congress regime.

Additional District and Sessions Judge R K Aggarwal acquitted 11 of the 15 accused, saying no incriminating evidence against any of the accused was available following which they could be questioned under section 313 (power to examine the accused) of the CrPC.

The court also ordered that perjury proceedings be initiated against two senior IPS officers Surinder Pal Singh and B K Uppal, who were the Investigating Officer and the Supervisory Officer of the case in which the chargesheet was filed on November 22, 2003 against 15 accused.

Four of the accused Kanwaljit Singh Sidhu, Hardeep Singh, Pinky Grover and Krishan Kumar were declared Proclaimed Offenders (POs).

The Judge also ordered all the accused to furnish personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each and a surety bond of the like amount before the court so that in case any aggrieved party approaches the higher court to challenge this judgment the accused persons will produce themselves before that higher court.

The father-son duo and eight other accused were present in the court when the order was pronounced. Badal's wife Surinder Kaur was not present as she had been earlier granted permanent exemption from appearance.


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