Updated: August 7, 2022 9:37:12 am
The Vigilance Bureau (VB) Saturday filed a chargesheet against former Punjab minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, former Mohali district forest officer (DFO) Guramanpreet Singh and another accused Kamaljeet Singh in a corruption case.
A spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Sandeep Kumar Singla has fixed August 8 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
The chargesheet has been filed under sections 7, 7 (A), 13(1)(A)(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) .
Dharamsot, who was the social welfare and forest minister in the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government, was booked on corruption charges on June 7 and arrested. He is currently in judicial custody.
The arrest of Dharamsot, a five-time former Congress MLA from the Nabha (SC reserved) Assembly constituency, had come days after the agency had arrested former DFO Guramanpreet Singh after a sting video came to the fore in which he was seen seeking a bribe for the sale of illegal farmhouses in the vicinity of Chandigarh. Sources said the former minister had been arrested based on the inputs from Singh.
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Dharamsot was accused of getting commission for the felling of trees. It has also been alleged that he accepted bribes for issuing permits for felling trees, transfer of department officials, purchases in the department and issuance of no-objection certificates.
The Vigilance Bureau had also named another former minister, Sangat Singh Ghilzian, who had succeeded Dharamsot following a change of guard in the Congress government, in the case. Ghilzian’s nephew Daljeet Singh was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau last month.
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