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Punjab ex minister Dharamsot held on graft prices; Congress phrases it ‘vendetta’

State Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja requested CM Bhagwant Mann to let the legislation take its course and never resort to ‘kangaroo courtroom justice’

Chandigarh: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau arrested former state minister and Congress chief Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on corruption prices within the early hours of Tuesday, official sources stated.

Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring termed the arrest “political vendetta” and requested Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to let the legislation take its course and never resort to “kangaroo courtroom justice”.


The social welfare and forest minister within the earlier Congress authorities was arrested from Amloh. An area journalist, who was stated to be working as his aide, has additionally been held on this case, sources stated.

Dharamsot’s arrest got here simply hours forward of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s go to to Punjab. The previous Congress chief is scheduled to go to the home of Sidhu Moosewala in Mansa on Tuesday to precise condolences to the slain singer’s household.

Just a few days earlier, district forest officer (DFO) Guramanpreet Singh and contractor Harminder Singh Hummy have been arrested in a corruption case.

Each of them are learnt to have supplied particulars of the alleged wrongdoings within the forest division when Dharamsot was the minister, sources stated.


Punjab Vigilance Bureau’s Chief Director Varinder Kumar stated that in questioning of the DFO and the contractor, it got here to the fore that the previous minister was allegedly concerned in corruption.

An investigation has revealed that Dharamsot was given Rs 500 for the felling of every tree, Kumar claimed. Over the time, round Rs 1.25 crore was given to the minister as fee, he alleged.

The previous minister allegedly used to take cash for transfers and postings of officers of his division and even for giving no-objection certificates, the chief director claimed.

His aides allegedly used to obtain cash on his behalf. Primarily based on this allegation, a case has been registered and the previous minister arrested, Kumar alleged.


In addition to, Kamaljit Singh and Chamkaur Singh, who used to obtain cash on his behalf, have additionally been arrested, he stated, including Dharamsot might be offered earlier than a courtroom and police remand might be sought to additional probe the “rip-off”, he stated.

The chief director added {that a} search operation is underway on the residence of Dharamsot and a case underneath related sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered.

Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring tweeted, “Mann sahib, as anticipated, you need to deflect the primary problems with lawlessness, unemployment and interference of (AAP nationwide convener Arvind) Kejriwal and others in Punjab by arresting Sadhu Singh Dharamsot.


“Let the legislation take its personal course. Please don’t make it kangaroo courtroom justice. Political vendetta shall boomerang,” he stated.

In April, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had warned of motion in opposition to Dharamsot.

Dharamsot’s identify had figured within the alleged scholarship rip-off in 2020 following a report by the then extra chief secretary through the Amarinder Singh-led authorities in Punjab. Nevertheless, he was exonerated by a three-member panel of IAS officers.



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