Published September 12, 2012 | 1:14 pm
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued notice of motion to the Punjab government and the 15 accused in the 2008 Amritsar Improvement Trust case on a petition filed by Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh.
Former Punjab chief minister and PPCC president Amarinder Singh had moved a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking transfer of the trial pertaining to Amritsar Improvement Trust case from Mohali court to any other court outside Punjab.
The PPCC president had argued that in view of political rivalry with the Badals, the trial could not be held in a fair manner in Punjab as the public prosecutor could not be presumed to be impartial.
The court of justice MMS Bedi, on Wednesday, while observing that Amarinder had levelled allegations of bias against the prosecuting agency, issued notices of motion for October 15.
Amarinder had also submitted before the court that the public prosecutor was functioning directly under the administrative command of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who headed the home department.
The vigilance bureau on September 11, 2008 had registered a case under various sections of the IPC, including forgery, cheating and under the prevention of corruption act, following a report of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha committee that had indicted several people, including Amarinder, for having caused a loss of about Rs. 130 crore to the state.