Punjab CM Gets A Clean Chit In AIT Scam.
On Friday, Punjab chief minister Captain Araminder Singh and along with 17 others were cleared of all charges in Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) scam by Mohali Court.
The charges were dismissed based on a report filed by state’s Vigilance Bureau (VB). Earlier VB had booked Araminder Singh and 17 others in 2008 after Vidhan Sabha alleged that a 32.1 acre piece of prime land belonging to AIT had been granted to a private realtor.
They were booked under section 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuables), and 468(forgery for the purposes of cheating), 471(using forged document) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.
A challan was filed by VB in February in 2009 in the alleged scam costing Rs 360 crore to state exchequer.VB then filed a cancellation report on the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court in October 2016.
“I was targeted due to the political rivalry and have suffered because of this. This shouldn’t have happened,” said Captain.