Ludhiana City Centre Scam: Opposition questions Vigilance Bureau's closure report
A day after the Punjab Vigilance Bureau gave a clean chit to the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and others in Rs 1,144 crore Ludhiana City Centre scam case, the opposition Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday termed the decision as manipulated, procured acquittal and a mockery of the judicial system.
The leader of Opposition, Sukhpal Khaira said Badals and Captain Amarinder Singh were making mockery of criminal justice system in Punjab as the closure report filed by Vigilance Bureau is a clear case of complete friendly match between the two families.
"In year 2007, Badals had filed the case of Ludhiana City Centre scandal against Captain Amarinder. A total of 36 people including Captain Singh, his son Raninder Singh, and son-in-law Raminder Singh besides others were accused of favouring Delhi based firm which was awarded the contract.
The case was also fortified with ten thousand documents which were attached in the charge sheet. After spending 10 years and crores of rupees from public exchequer, suddenly the prosecution says that no irregularity has been found in the case. If this is not the mockery of judicial system then what is", Khaira questioned.
Khaira said that the acquittal of Captain will cost the people of Punjab dear as the Today Homes Group approached Supreme Court in the case and got appointed Justice R C Lahoti as an arbitrator. The Supreme Court on Feb 3, 2017 had awarded Rs 437 crores damages.
"The amount at present has gone up to Rs. 1100 Crores after applying 18 percent interest on the amount. After the acquittal of Captain and Today Homes in the case, the public exchequer will be burdened to pay such amount to the firm as per the order of Hon'ble court." Khaira said.
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Saturday had filed a closure report in the multi-crore scam in the court which according to the sources cited lack of evidence for acquittal. The bureau in 2007 had registered an FIR against Captain his family members and others for masterminding the scam.
The next hearing of the case will take place on September 2. President of Lok Insaf Party and MLA Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains have decided to challenge the closure report in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.