Showing little conviction in arguments raised by state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh demanding the transfer of investigation into the Amritsar Improvement Trust case outside Punjab,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday asked him to produce concrete evidence to support his accusations.
Amarinder was booked on charges of corruption,cheating,forgery and criminal conspiracy for allegedly releasing 32 acres of Amritsar Improvement Trust land. The Vigilance Bureau had on September 11,2008 registered a case,after an Assembly committee report indicted several persons,including Amarinder,for having caused a loss of about Rs 130 crore to the state. The proceedings in the case are pending before a Mohali special judge (Vigilance).
Apprehending an unfair trial,Amarinders counsel said the judge presiding over the trial may have prejudice against the former chief minister,as he (the judge) had proceeded against the investigating officers while acquitting Chief Minister Parkash Badal and deputy chief minister in a corruption case earlier this year.
Counsel APS Deol added that the corruption case was initiated against the Badals when Amarinder was the chief minister of Punjab. He also demanded that the public prosecutor in the case be changed for a fair trial.