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Chahal house raided, aide held
Lalit Mohan/Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 17
In a late-night raid, the police today picked up Davinder Singh Bhola, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) living at the Patiala residence of B.I.S. Chahal, media adviser to ex-chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

The ASI was known to be a close aide of Chahal. He had been staying with Chahal for the past about 25 years. He stayed in a two room set specially constructed for him. Sources here said he might be made a co-accused in the case to be filed against Chahal.

The former vice-chairman of the forest corporation, Lovely, who was also present at the residence of Chahal, said 5 or 6 policemen came at about 9 a.m. They asked Davinder Singh to accompany them.

However, when he resisted, they bundled him into a vehicle and carried him away. The cops said Davinder had been summoned by the SSP.

Davinder was the only person who was staying at the residence of the former media adviser. Just after the change of government, almost all police personnel posted there were withdrawn. However, Davinder stayed back to look after the house and the German shepherd dogs.

The house, which bustled with servants drawn from various government departments, is now deserted. All cooks and servants had also fled. Lovely said they found a servant for the house with great difficulty. Nobody wanted to work here as they feared the police might pick them up.

The police might have picked up Davinder to extract information regarding the missing media adviser. The news regarding inquiries being initiated with regard to amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of income are already doing the round.

However, the picking up of Davinder seemed to be the first arrest in the case.



No sign of Capt. Has he gone abroad?
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 17
Will former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh attend the remaining part of the opening session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha?

Citing health problems, he had been indicating that he might have to go abroad for treatment. Sources in the Punjab Congress legislature party, however, maintain that he has already left for London and may remain out of the country for a couple of months.

He was reportedly waiting for confirmation of his appointment with a doctor in London.

Other reason forwarded by some of his confidants is that Amarinder Singh wants to write a book and as such wants to remain away from public glare for a couple of months. Whatever be the reason, the chances of his attending the remaining session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha look remote.

The sources reveal that accompanied by his mother, Mohinder Kaur, he flew from Chandigarh to Delhi on March 15 by Indus Airways from where he flew to London this afternoon.

He had reportedly met some senior Congress leaders in the union capital also before going abroad. The chances of his extending his stay abroad after treatment for writing the proposed book cannot be ruled out.

Speculations in Punjab political circles, however, link his going abroad to starting of fact-finding inquiries initiated by the Punjab vigilance bureau into various deals and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed during the last regime.

Media adviser to Amarinder Singh has reportedly gone to England via Dubai. He has taken with him his family members also.

Speculations were also galore that a few other members of the previous council of ministers may also leave the shores of the country.

The reason: they apprehend that the may be associated with preliminary inquiries being conducted by the vigilance bureau.

While Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has reportedly instructed the vigilance bureau against pursuing any vendetta or victimising anyone, sources in the bureau maintain that each inquiry marked to it will be meticulously investigated and only in cases where prima facie charges of favouritism, grant of undue benefits or corruption are established, cases will be registered.



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