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Badals’ Assets Case
Amarinder camp to file plea in SC
S.S Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, November 21
There seems to be no end in sight to the legal battle between Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his predecessor Amarinder Singh as some Congress MLAs of the former CM’s camp are all set to file a petition in the Supreme Court for transfer of Badals’ trial in DA case outside Punjab.

“The petition has been finalised for filing in public interest seeking the transfer of the corruption/disproportionate assets case against the present Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to Delhi,” sources close to a team of senior lawyer assigned the job told The Tribune.

The petition has listed numerous reasons for seeking the transfer of the case claiming that “entire proceedings before the Ropar court are being sabotaged by the prosecution at the instance of the main accused, who now is the Chief Minister,” they said, adding that the petition will be filed within a day or two after getting a final nod from Capt Amarinder Singh.

The Congress MLAs, who did not want to disclose their names till the petition is actually filed, have said that under the prevailing circumstances “fair and impartial” trial was not possible in Punjab as 23 of the crucial witnesses, who are mostly government servants, had “turned hostile”

Five witnesses had turned hostile on July 18, seven on July 20 and 11 between August 16 and August 20, the petition said. The other important plea made for the transfer of the case was the alleged change of prosecution team by the Badal government after assuming power.

“The entire legal team and the special public prosecutors have been changed by a formal government notification of May 11,” it said.

The role of Investigating Officer Surinder Pal Singh on “fair conduct” of trial was also questioned, alleging that he was “deliberately helping” the Badals and making attempts to delay the trial proceedings by not filing counter affidavits in reply to crucial applications moved by the accused persons in time.



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