Ex-PPSC chief held guilty in disproportionate assets case

The court has acquitted five persons in the case and fixed January 15 for pronouncement of the quantum of sentence. Sidhu has been sent to Ropar jail.

Written by Jagdeep Singh Deep | Mohali | Updated: January 11, 2018 9:22 am
PPSC chief disproportionate assets case, Ravinder Pal Singh disproportionate assets case, Ravi Sidhu, disproportionate assets case, Punjab Public Services Commission, Vigilance Bureau, india news, indian express news The court has acquitted five persons in the case and fixed January 15 for pronouncement of the quantum of sentence. Sidhu has been sent to Ropar jail. (Representational photo)

A special Vigilance Bureau (VB) court on Wednesday held former Punjab Public Services Commission (PPSC) Ravinder Pal Singh alias Ravi Sidhu guilty in a disproportionate assets case. The court has acquitted five persons in the case and fixed January 15 for the pronouncement of the quantum of sentence. Sidhu was sent to Ropar jail after the development.

A case against Sidhu and five other persons, identified as Paramjeet Singh, Gurdeep Singh Manchanda, his wife Surinder Kaur, Prem Sagar and Randhir Singh Dheera, was registered on March 25, 2002 at VB police station in Phase VIII.

The case (FIR number 7) was registered under sections 7, 13 (1), 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 467 (forgery ), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document ) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Monika Goel had acquitted Paramjeet Singh, Gurdeep Singh Manchanda, his wife Surinder Kaur, Prem Sagar and Randhir Singh Dheera, a former Markfed employee. The VB then alleged that these five persons were the alleged conduits of Sidhu. All five were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

The charges were framed against all the accused on November 21, 2002, in a special VB court in the court of the then Special Judge, A S Kathuria under sections Sections 7, 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The VB, in its FIR, had alleged that Paramjeet Singh and Manchanda and his wife Surinder Kaur were transferring Sidhu’s money thorough hawala transactions.

Sidhu is already undergoing seven years of rigorous imprisonment in April 2015 in a cash-for-job scam which was busted in 2002 during the then Congress government led by the present Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

Sidhu was appointed the PPSC chairman in 1996 by then Congress chief minister Harcharan Singh Brar.

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  1. S bmniac
    Jan 11, 2018 at 10:17 am
    A hibernating court. Clearly there is no supervision by the higher courts.
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    1. Narendra M. Apte
      Jan 11, 2018 at 8:12 am
      1. This disproportionate case has taken almost 16 years for first decision to be announced. Then there are opportunities to make an appeal in higher courts, which means actual punishment may be delayed further. 2. To minimise delay in award of punishment in corruption cases, an amendment to our Criminal and Civil Procedure Codes that permits establishment of Special Fast Track Courts (SFTCs) to exclusively decide all corruption, money laundering and even criminal cases is required. These Courts should decide all such cases, whether pending and yet to be filed, against (a) all ministers legislators (that is MPs, MLAs),(b)other public representatives, (c) government/public sector employees (d) relatives of above. 3. After Supreme Court’s advice, a bill that allows setting-up of SFTCs for trials against our legislators has been introduced in Lok Sabha. This bill should include others mentioned above. I am sure there will be a positive change after SFTCS are set-up and start functioning.
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