A MOHALI court Wednesday rejected an application of Punjab government, seeking to withdraw prosecution proceedings against state Agriculture Minister Tota Singh in a corruption case lodged in June 2002.
District Attorney Vijay Singla had filed an application under Section 321 of Criminal Procedure Code (dealing with application for withdrawal of case) on October 5 in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Puneet Mohan Sharma, saying there was no evidence against Singh. Singla said it would be clear after he goes through the detailed order as to what observations the court made while rejecting the plea.
Singh is facing trial in a case registered by the state Vigilance Bureau in connection with recruitment of 134 clerks by Punjab School Education Board in 2000 and 2001, when he was education minister. The bureau had lodged an FIR under sections 420 (cheating), 467, 471 (forgery) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, against Tota Singh and other officials of the board.