Former Punjab CM Amarinder booked in fourth case

In more trouble for Amarinder Singh,Vigilance Bureau slapped a fourth case on him on charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy among others for allegedly using a ‘defunct’ company to route ‘bribe money’,evade tax and get loans.

Written by Agencies | Chandigarh | Published: February 12, 2009 3:50:08 pm

In more trouble for former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh,Vigilance Bureau on Thursday slapped a fourth case on him on charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy among others for allegedly using a ‘defunct’ company to route ‘bribe money’,evade tax and get loans.

Besides 66-year-old Amarinder,his son Raninder Singh was also booked on similar charges by the Bureau in Mohali on Wednesday,bureau sources said.

According to the FIR,the Congress leader allegedly used illegal means to put his unaccounted money into the accounts of Teg’s Masrado Private Limited,which he had floated in 1975 and registered on the address of his private residence at Patiala new Moti Bagh Palace.

The company was an export oriented unit with the objective of growing and canning of mushrooms which it stopped after it became defunt in 1992.

The FIR states that he routed ‘bribe money’ to the company through money-laundering means,including shares which were bought by Kolkata-based ‘non-operating firms’ during his tenure as Chief Minister between 2002 to 2007.

However,Amarinder,who was earlier booked in Amrtisar Improvement Trust scandal,Ludhiana city centre scam and disproportionate assets case after his government was ousted in 2007 Assembly elections by SAD-BJP combine,described the case as ‘politically motivated’.

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