seeks PPSC chief’s sack
Sends sealed letter to President
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen. J F
R Jacob (Retd.), today sent a formal communication to the President of
India on the “misbehaviour’’ of Mr Ravi Sidhu as Chairman of the
Punjab Public Service Commission and has sought his “removal’’
under Article 317 of the Constitution of India.
nabs Kairon’s aide
Class III employee amassed property
worth Rs 10 cr
Amritsar, April 30
The Vigilance Department arrested Nirmal Singh Bajwa, alias Nimma, district
president of the Patwar Union and confidant of Mr Adesh Partap Singh Kairon,
a former minister (son-in-law of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief
Minister) during a surprise raid conducted by Mr Tejinder Paul Singh Sandhu,
Superintendent of Police, late last evening.
case against Sidhu, kin
Chandigarh, April 30
Necessitated by the growing
ramifications of the country’s biggest ever “recruitment scam”, the
Punjab Vigilance Bureau has brought under scrutiny all appointments
recommended by Ravi Sidhu-led Punjab Public Service Commission by
registering a fresh case at Patiala today.
Ludhiana house raided
Ludhiana, April 30
Following the return of some family
members of Randhir Singh Gill, alias Dhira, the alleged main tout of tainted
PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, to his ‘locked’ house in H-block
of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here this evening, local vigilance sleuths today
raided the premises and confiscated a number of documents pertaining to
details of property, both moveable and immoveable, worth lakhs, owned by him
in different parts of the state.
silent on Badal’s involvement in PPSC scandal
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt
Amarinder Singh, has not yet revealed whether the former Chief Minister, Mr
Parkash Singh Badal, is involved in any manner in the recruitment scandal
pertaining to the PPSC. Replying to a question at a press conference here
today, Capt Amarinder Singh said that the investigation was going on. Only
after its completion, a clear picture would emerge.
scam: Dheera suspended
Chandigarh, May 1
The Markfed authorities have suspended
Randhir Singh Gill, alias Dheera, senior branch officer, who is posted in
Ludhiana as District Officer. A Markfed statement said that Mr Randhir Singh
had been suspended with effect from April 28, the day he was arrested by the
state Vigilance Bureau in connection with the Punjab Public Service
Commission recruitment scam.
seized from Dhira’s locker
|Ludhiana, May 1
The Vigilance Bureau seized
84.5 ‘tolas’ of gold jewellery valued at about Rs 4.5 lakh from
a locker of Randhir Singh Gill ‘Dhira’, alleged tout of Ravi
Sidhu, tainted Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission,
here today. The locker was in a branch of Punjab and Sind Bank
opposite Verka Milk Plant. The sleuths did not find anything else of
significance there. The bureau has also recommended that a case
under the Excise Act be registered against Randhir Singh for
possessing foreign liquor brands.
SCALE OF CORRUPTION: Vigilance sleuths weigh gold jewellery seized
from a locker of Randhir Singh Dhira, alleged tout of tainted
Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Ravi Sidhu, while
Dhira’s wife Rajwinder Kaur wears a somber look. — Photo Pradeep
PPSC member defends son’s merit
Patiala, May 1
Former Punjab Public Service Commission
Member T.C. Gupta today came out with a statement on the academic
qualifications of his son Rahul Gupta to set the record straight regarding
allegations that he had influenced the selection of his son to the PCS
(Executive) in 1998.
remand extended till May 17
Ropar, May 2
The Additional Sessions-cum-Special
Judge, Ropar, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today extended the judicial remand of PPSC
Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu till May 17. The judicial remand of
Surinder Kaur, another co-accused in the case, was also extended till May
warrants issued against Sidhu’s kin
Kharar, May 2
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today issued non-bailable
arrest warrants against brother, sister-in-law and mother of Ravi Sidhu,
Chairman PPSC, against another accused for May 15.
to throw light on PPSC affairs?
ISSUANCE of non-bailable
warrants for the second time in the PPSC recruitment scam against him
notwithstanding, Shamsher Singh, a pharmacist with the Punjab Animal
Husbandry Department, wants his leave to be extended to May 14 so that he
can continue his pilgrimage.
disclose confessions: HC
Order to plug leaks in Sidhu case
Chandigarh, May 3
Issuing notice of motion to Punjab’s
Advocate-General, Mr Justice K. S. Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High
Court today “completely prohibited” the state of Punjab, the
investigating agency and other respondents from disclosing the details of
the statements and confessions of the accused, besides the contents of the
Punjab’s hour of reckoning
after scam after scam!!!
screaming headlines in newspapers during the past few weeks have a common
message — no recruitment in Punjab has been without a consideration. To
get a job in any department at any level "one has to be either a
moneyed man or an influential person."
LAW is said to be an ass.
The judiciary keeps it on the right course. That is the reason why
even ordinary persons not familiar with the legal tangles of scams
and scandals proclaim faithfully: let the law take its course.
gets notice in Sidhu bail case
Patiala, May 4
A local court today issued a notice to the state government for May 9
following a bail application moved by Punjab Public Service Commission
Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu claiming a fresh case had been registered
against him in Patiala at the behest of the state Chief Minister, Capt
judicial remand extended
Ropar, May 4
The local Additional Sessions and Special Judge, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today
extended the judicial remand of Jagman Singh, a close associate of the PPSC
Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, till May 19. Jagman Singh who has turned
a public approver in the case, was brought to the court at about 10 a.m. as
his judicial remand ended today.
Jayate, assert advocates
Role of judges in PPSC affairs must
Chandigarh, May 6
Launching an attack on judicial
aberrations, agitated members of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar
Association, at a meeting held here this afternoon, resolved to meet the
Chief Justice for conducting an inquiry into the allegations against certain
Judges reportedly involved in the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC)
seeks transfer to Burail jail
Chandigarh, May 6
Controversial Punjab Public Service
Commission Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu today pleaded before a local
court to detain him in the Model Burail Jail in Chandigarh instead of the
Central Jail, Patiala, where he was presently lodged.
counsel seek confessional statement
Ropar, May 6
Counsel for Jagman Singh, one of the
main agents of PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, who has turned
approver in the case, today demanded that his confessional statement be
issued before the CJM, Ropar.
sent to judicial custody
Kharar (Punjab), May 7
A local court today remanded Randhir
Singh Gill, alias Dhira, believed to be one of the key accomplices of
arrested Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh
Sidhu, in judicial custody till May 15.