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.