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City Centre Scam
Amarinder, kin among 35 asked to appear in court
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 24
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh alias Tikku, son-in-law Raminder Singh alias Richi, and former local bodies minister Jagjit Singh, an associate of Amarinder family, Chetan Gupta were among the 35 accused, summoned today by a court to face trial in the City Centre scam case.

Sessions judge G. K. Rai issued the summoning orders today after the completion of scrutiny of challan containing more than 20,000 pages. The court has directed them to appear personally in the court on January 10.

The Vigilance Bureau had also filed charge sheet against former Ludhiana Improvement Trust chairman, Paramjit Singh Sibia but he was not summoned. He had been declared proclaimed offender by a city court and his property was attached on courtís orders.

The Vigilance Bureau filed charge sheet on December 12. Thereafter, the judge adjourned the case for the scrutiny of challan. It took several days in checking the documents annexed by the bureau with the charge sheet containing 106 pages mentioning 152 persons as witnesses.

Those summoned include Today Homes companyís managing director G. K. Gambhir, Sunil Kumar Sharma-GM, Vinay Subhiki-vice- president , S. A. H. Naqvi, marketing manager, Saurabh Gupta, assistant manager marketing, Sanjeev Kumar, GM marketing and sales, Infrastructure professional enterprises companyís director Ashwajit Singh, Amit Sardana, Kamal Kumar Sharma, director special projects.

Ludhiana Improvement Trust former executive officer, D. C. Garg, chief engineer, Manmohan Singh, former additional advocate-general Harpreet Sandhu have also been summoned.

The 17 persons who were never arrested by the VB in this case and even not declared proclaimed offenders have also been summoned to face trial. Because their names were included in the charge sheet filed in the court by the VB, claiming they had sufficient proof for proceedings against them.

Those persons included Ashok Chopra-director, Today Hotels pvt ltd, Baljit Singh-director GPS properties pvt ltd delhi, Jagtar Singh- director Krishan Estates New Delhi, Arun Nayyar-director Today Homes, Devinder Kumar Anand-vice- president projects Today Homes and Anil Narula of the same company. Sunita Gambhir, wife of accused G. K. Gambhir, his daughter N. Gambhir apart from relatives Vikram Gambhir and Yashu Gambhir have also been ordered to appear personally.

An FIR in this case was registered by the Vigilance Bureau under sections 409, 420, 465, 467, 468,471, 201, 120-B of the IPC and under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Initially, the inquiry was handed over to the VB by then Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who was later also made an accused in the scam. The VB had accused him of getting crores for clearing this project.

The charge sheet says the Today homes derived benefits worth 1,144 crore by changing the design illegally and getting permission of selling the sites in City Centre project.

The court has also summoned Gurdial Kaur Khangura, mother of Congress MLA, Jassi Khangura. She is a former trustee of Ludhiana Improvement Trust. Apart from her six former trustees Navkar Jain, Bhupinder Singh Basant, Surinder pal Singh Bindra, Sanjay Talwar, Malkiat Kaur and Vijay Kumar Parthi have also been summoned.



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