Capt Amarinder Singh gets relief; acquitted in Ludhiana city centre case
KI Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Ludhiana
Today Ludhiana district and session judge acquitted Punjab chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, his son Ranninder Singh and others in Ludhiana City Centre case. The case was fixed for framing of charges against all accused and session judge Gurbir Singh asked Capt Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh to present themselves in the court.
The ‘Ludhiana City Centre’, which including a shopping mall, residential towers, helipad, multiplex etc on a site measuring 25-acre located on Pakhowal Road, currently lies in ruins.
This is the only corruption case pending against the chief minister. His son Raninder Singh and son-in-law Raminder Singh are also among the accused.
After coming into power in 2002 congress government started this multi crore commercial project in Ludhiana city. But a scam was unearthed in newspapers. Investigation into the case was marked to the Vigilance Bureau by the Amarinder-led Punjab government on September 19, 2006, after media reports claimed irregularities. Later, an FIR was registered by the vigilance department on March 23, 2007, when the SAD-BJP government came to power in the state. The FIR was lodged on the orders of then vigilance director (and former Punjab DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini, with former Ludhiana vigilance SSP Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu as its signatory.