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Assets Case
Vigilance not satisfied with Amarinderís answers
Gives him eight weeks to prepare replies
Tribune News service

Patiala, July 6
The Vigilance Bureau officers, who questioned former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today were not satisfied with his replies to the questions put to him. The bureau has given eight weeks to Amarinder Singh to come prepared with replies to questions which he failed to answer properly today.

Shiv Kumar Sharma, investigating officer in the case, told media persons here this evening Amarinder Singh had remained evasive during his questioning today. The Patiala Vigilance Bureau police station had registered a case on June 20 regarding amassing of assets disproportionate to known sources of income against Amarinder Singh and his son Raninder Singh.

He said the former Chief Minister had not given satisfactory replies to many of the questions. He said Amarinder Singh had failed to give satisfactory replies regarding big financial transactions during his trips abroad as also with regard to his bank accounts.

Sharma said Amarinder Singh had been asked to get replies to some questions when he was summoned again for questioning.

Amarinder Singh told media persons, as he emerged out of Circuit House, the questioning had taken place in a cordial atmosphere. His lawyer, M L Saggar, was present during questioning. He said he had been asked over 200 questions. He said he would come again if summoned by the Vigilance Bureau.

Amarinder Singh arrived at the Circuit House at 10 am. He was accompanied by his wife Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala, and some party colleagues. A team of six officers of the Vigilance Bureau questioned him till lunch when he was permitted to go to new Moti Bagh for lunch. The questioning started again after lunch at 2.30 pm.

The FIR mentions his flats in Noida and Goa and property in Dubai , Sweden , the US , Canada and the UK . In addition, the former Chief Minister has been charged with sending abroad Rs 26 crore through hawala and Rs 48 lakh to a Swiss bank.

The district administration had declared prohibitory orders under Section 144CrPC in and around a radius of one km of the Circuit House as a precautionary measure. Orders to this effect were issued by district magistrate D. S. Grewal.



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