The District and Sessions Judge G K Rai today adjourned the hearing of the infamous multicrore Ludhiana City Centre (LCC) case to March 14. Meanwhile,the judge has permitted Today Homes senior official Ashwajit to go abroad. Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh,an accused in the case,also appeared in the court.
While arguing the case,Amarinder Singh’s counsel said the Vigilance Bureau has continued its investigation in the case and documentary proof,witnesses and oral witnesses will give their statements in the court while putting up a supplementary challan against the accused.
He alleged that fresh investigation is barred under Section 173 (8) of the CrPC without the permission of the trial court. He also demanded the statements of witnesses recorded by the VB under Section 164 of the CrPC along with inspection of the original challan papers.
The lawyer of other co-accused claimed before the court that the officials of the VB had failed to provide certain documents of the case. The defense counsels also claimed that the said documents are needed by him to contest the case.
According to the law,the accused gets a copy of the challan along with other documents attached to it. The defence counsels rued that many of the documents submitted by the VB in the court were not readable. On the other hand,the special public prosecutor Miter Sen Goyal alleged that Amarinder Singh had procured a medical certificate stating that he was suffering from vertigo and spondylitis.
Goyal claimed that doctor had recorded his statement before the VB and said that he had not examined Amarinder Singh when he had issued the medical certificate.
He stated that the defense was only attempting to delay the proceedings in the case. After hearing the prosecution and defense counsel,Judge Rai fixed March 14 as the next date.
Prominent among those who appeared before the court included,former local bodies minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh,Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh,his close relative Raminder Singh Richi,former LIT Chief Engineer Manmohan Singh,Today Home officials Chetan Gupta and other co-accused. Six former trustees of LIT — Sanjay Talwar,Navkar Jain,Bhupinder Singh Basant,Surinder Pal Singh Bindra,Malkiat Kaur and Vikay Kumar Prati also appeared in the court today.
After hearing the prosecution and defence counsel,the judge fixed February 6,13,21,28 and March 7 for consideration the various applications filed by the accused.
On the other hand,S K Dev Chief Architect and witness of the prosecution had requested to the court to cancel the bail bonds of the accused namely Ashwjit Singh,Sunil Kumar Sharma,Vice-President of Today Homes & Infrastructure Vinay Subhiki,Sayed Arfaz Hussain Naqvi,Gulshan Kumar Ghambir,Saurav Gupta,Ashok Chopra,Baljit Singh,Jagtar Singh,Arun Nayyar,Davinder Kumar Anand, Sunita Ghambir,Natasha Ghambir,Vikram Ghambir,Yashu Ghambir,Sanjay Jatwani,Anil Narula and Naveen Thakur of New Delhi. The lawyer of the S K Dev,Chief Architect Ankur Ghai alleged that all the said accused threaten him and have filed many false cases against him at Delhi .
The judge has also fixed February 6 as the date for consideration on the said application.