The Hush Post| 4:04 pm|one-minute-read|
Capt Amarinder Singh was acquitted in Ludhiana City Centre Scam on Wednesday. The District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana acquitted Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and 35 others in the Ludhiana City Centre Scam today.
“There isn”t an iota of evidence against any accused. No evidence of bribe or forgery. So, the closure report is accepted and all discharged,” said District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh.
Five of the accused in the Ludhiana City Centre Scam case have died. Another 31 stand acquitted. The case was about an infrastructure project which started during Capt Amarinder Singh’s tenure as CM in 2005-06. A total of Rs 1,144 crore alleged scam had taken place.
The vigilance department filed an FIR on March 23, 2007, when the SAD government came to power
The ‘Ludhiana City Centre’, was to have a shopping mall, residential building, helipad, multiplex among other things. The complex was to come up on a site measuring 25-acre located on Pakhowal Road.
The Punjab government marked the case to Vigilance Bureau for investigation. Capt Amarinder-headed Punjab government interestingly marked an inquiry to the government.
The vigilance department filed an FIR on March 23, 2007, when the SAD government came to power. The director (and former Punjab DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini ordered registration of FIR. Former Ludhiana vigilance SSP Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu was its signatory. Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu the former SSP VB had filed an application that he be heard as a complainant before taking up the case any further.
In between, Atamnagar MLA Simarjit Singh Bains had also filed an application that he be made a party in the case. However, both these applications were dismissed.
Earlier, a trial court in Mohali had acquitted Capt Amarinder and 17 others in a 10-year-old corruption case involving a prime land transfer. That case was registered by the state Vigilance Bureau on the recommendation of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. There were allegations of a scam in granting exemptions to transfer of 32.1 acre prime land of the Amritsar Improvement Trust to a private realtor.