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CBI raids 198 places in 54 cities, 41 officers indicted
Other raids carried out included the proprietor of a chain of homeopathy clinics, who heads the National Council of Homeopathy, an investigating officer in a match-fixing case, an administrative official at IIT Delhi, a senior engineer in Vishkhapatnam, who was booked by the CBI for allegedly selling off 12 railway wagons on the basis of forged documents, a former Punjab minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon, a Central Excise Superintendent in Chennai and a Deputy Chief Engineer of Southern Railways. (ANI)
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The authorities are also said to have booked another former Minister, Nirmal Singh Kahlon, but confirmation is awaited.
According to an official Press release, Langah was booked under different sections of the Anti-corruption law for accumulating assets worth Rs.12.60 crores during his
tenure as Minister for PWD
(B&R) and Industries in the previous Akali Dal government.However, the authorities were tight lipped about the case against Kahlon
.Both the former Ministers are known loyalists of former CM, Parkash Singh Badal.
According to sources, the Vigilance Bureau
has served a week's notice, on both Langah and Kahlon
and added that their arrest was necessary.This was done in compliance wit the directions of the High Court, which recently directed the State Government to issue a notice prior to arresting former ministers.Both Langah and Kahlon
are among those former Ministers who had moved the High Court for anticipatory bail.
According to details provided by the Bureau
, Langah who belongs to Gurdaspur district, had purchased 35 acres of land in five villages in his
home district in the name of his
A local court on Thursday acquitted ...
A local court on Thursday acquitted senior Akali leader and former rural development and panchayat minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon in an 11-year-old case pertaining to the purchase of 103 JCB machines.
This is the second case in which Kahlon
has been acquitted as the Punjab vigilance bureau (VB) failed to prove the allegations.
The JCB machines were purchased as per rules and regulations, but a false case was slapped against me owing to political vendetta," Kahlon
after the acquittal.
added, "The court's verdict has reiterated what I had been maintaining for the past 11 years.
I had all these years believed in the judiciary and that truth shall prevail."
In 2011, Kahlon
was acquitted in the recruitment scam for lack of evidence.
Both cases (JCB and recruitment) were registered by the VB after unearthing a 'scam' in the department of rural development and panchayats during the SAD-BJP regime (1997-2002) when Kahlon was the minister concerned.
had on May 16, 2002, registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Act against Kahlon
and four others in connection with the JCB machine purchase in the department.
As per the allegations, the department had purchased 103 JCB machines at a cost of about Rs.
14 crore, but these were not used.
Also, the machines were allegedly purchased at an exorbitant price (Rs 3-4 lakh each).
Speaking after the acquittal, Kahlon's counsel Satnam Singh Kler said, "Kahlon and the others were booked in a false case on fabricated grounds by then Congress government.
In December 2008, the Punjab vigilance bureau had moved an application seeking the closure of the case against Kahlon
In the application, the VB
had said that the investigations into the JCB scam revealed that Kahlon
, who was then the assembly speaker (2007-12), had no role in the case.
May 16, 2002:Vigilance bureau registers case against Kahlon
and four others.
December 11, 2008:VB
moves application seeking closure of the case
March 3, 2009:Court frames charges in the case, examines about 60 witnesses in trial spread over 4 years
December 19, 2013: Kahlon
, four other accused acquitted
Nirmal Singh Kahlon
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Punjab
Former Akali minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon, who is also facing trial in a corruption case, has also moved the High Court challenging the power of Ropar Special Judge S.K. Goyal to hear the case against him. In his petition, Mr Kahlon has stated that since Mr Goyal's appointment as Special Judge to hear his case had not been cleared by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the trial proceedings were illegal.
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Punjab
Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, former Akali minister, who is on the run after registration of an FIR against him, following firing at a polling station during the SGPC elections in Gurdaspur district, today sought cancellation of a case registered against him along with three other activists of the youth wings of the Shiromani Akali Dal.