Punjab Assembly Speaker gets anticipatory bail in graft case

Case against him and 13 others for alleged irregularities in selection of panchayat secretaries.

Written by Agencies | Patiala | Published: August 17, 2010 11:38:04 am

Punjab Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon was on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail by a local CBI court in a graft case registered against him and 13 others.

Special CBI Judge Balbir Singh granted bail to Kahlon who appeared in the court here today after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had yesterday granted him interim protection from arrest in the case.

Justice MMS Bedi of the High Court directed Kahlon to appear before the special CBI Judge today.

The CBI court granted bail to Kahlon after he furnished a bail bond of Rs 50,000 and adjourned the case to August 26.

A special court in Patiala had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Kahlon on technical grounds last week in connection with the case registered against him and 13 others for alleged irregularities in the selection of panchayat secretaries during 1997-2002.

The bail application had been rejected by Special Judge of CBI court Balbir Singh who,in his order,had said the petition for anticipatory bail was not maintainable in his court where the chargesheet against Kahlon and 13 others was filed by CBI on July 9.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet for their alleged involvement in large scale irregularities in recruitment of 909 panchayat secretaries in the Rural Development Panchayat Department of the Punjab government when he was minister in charge of the department during the SAD-BJP government’s previous tenure from 1997 to 2002.

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