Sacked Punjab minister sent to judicial custody for 14 days; Said to have acted with ‘extreme honesty’

A Mohali court on Friday sent him to 14-day judicial custody, sacking Punjab minister Vijay Singla, who said he acted with ‘extreme honesty’, had full faith in his party and was accused of corruption. will be free from Before being taken to court, Singla told reporters that some “external forces” may have been behind the episode, which led to his sacking and arrest. Singla, 52, was sacked from the state cabinet on Tuesday on charges of corruption by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. He had the health department and was accused by his department of demanding a “one percent commission” in tenders and purchases. Singla and his Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pradeep Kumar were arrested by the police. After their three-day police remand ended on Friday, both were produced in the court of Ravtesh Inderjit Singh in Mohali.

Singla’s lawyer Advocate HS Dhanoa said that the police have sought judicial custody of the former minister and his Pradeep. He said the court has fixed June 10 as the next date of hearing and he will be sent to Rupnagar jail. The lawyer further said that both Singla and Pradeep have agreed to give their voice samples.

Before being taken to court, Singla, when asked about the corruption charges against him, told reporters, “I have worked with utmost sincerity in my department.” I have full faith in my government, my party, police and judiciary. We will come out clean,” Singla said. Replying to a question, Singla said that there is no conspiracy in the party. However, he added that there may be a conspiracy by some “external forces”. On May 24, Singla had said on the allegations against him, “It is a conspiracy and an attempt to defame the party”. The case was registered on the complaint of Rajinder Singh, Superintending Engineer posted in Health System Corporation. The officer had alleged that he demanded a bribe of Rs 1.16 crore out of Rs 58 crore, including Rs 41 crore for construction works and Rs 17 crore as payment to contractors, besides one per cent commission in government contracts. also includes.

The complainant had also alleged that he was threatened that his career would be ruined and had said that he eventually agreed to pay Rs 5 lakh to avoid “mental harassment”. The complainant had also made an audio recording of the conversation between Singla and Pradeep on May 23. CM Mann himself had announced the removal of Singla from the cabinet, which was sworn in two months before the Aam Aadmi Party came to power. Agenda for corruption free governance. Mann had then said that Singla had admitted to his alleged wrongdoings.

Mann had said that his government would not allow corrupt practices.

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