The Hush Post: The application in the multi-crore Ludhiana City Centre Scam by former SSP (Vigilance, Ludhiana) Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu was dismissed on Thursday. The court of Sessions Judge of Ludhiana Gurbir Singh dismissed the plea. In its verbal orders, the judge said, “You are not the complainant, neither the informer, nor the aggrieved, so the application is dismissed.”
On July 17, the former SSP had moved an application in the court challenging the closure report filed by the Vigilance Bureau. The closure report gave a clean chit to Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh and others accused in the case.
Sandhu had submitted in the court that since he was the main investigating officer who had filed FIR against CM Capt Amarinder and others in 2007, the court should hear him once before accepting the cancellation report filed by Vigilance.
However, opposing his plea, director (prosecution) Vijay Singh and district attorney Ravinder Abrol had argued that Sandhu was merely a “signatory in FIR by virtue of being then SSP, not the complainant or aggrieved” and that since his retirement in 2010, he had no connection with the case.
The case has been adjourned for October 25.
After the dismissal of his application, Sandhu, who attended the court hearing Thursday, said he would move the High Court and fight till the end. He reiterated he was facing “threat to life” and being pressured to change his stand in favour of Captain.
“I will be fighting against this loot of public money till the end. Even if High Court dismisses my plea, I will be moving to the Supreme Court too,” Sandhu reportedly said.
The inquiry in case was marked to the Vigilance Bureau by the Punjab government on September 19, 2006, when Captain was Punjab chief minister, following reports in the media alleging irregularities in the project.