14-day Judicial Custody To Dismissed Punjab Health Minister Vijay Singla

14-day Judicial Custody To Dismissed Punjab Health Minister Vijay Singla

Dr Vijay Singla, along with his OSD Pardeep Kumar, were arrested on May 25 over corruption charges, after CM Bhagwant Mann dismissed him as he was accused of demanding a 1% commission in tenders and purchases by his department. A Mohali court on Friday sent sacked Punjab health minister Dr Vijay Singla to 14-day judicial custody on graft charges. The police have procured the CDRs and CCTV footage of the room. The investigating officer said that the police have searched room number 203 in Punjab Bhawan, where Singla and his OSD allegedly demanded commission, and some documents related to the case have been seized. 

Dr. Singla as well as his OSD Pradeep Kumar were produced before the Mohali court after their three-day police remand which ended on Friday. Singla’s OSD Pradeep has been remanded to judicial custody till June 10, and Dr. Single has now been sent to the Ropar jail. The next date of hearing is June 10. The court also allowed the police to take Singla’s voice samples, which will be matched with the mobile phone recordings made by the complainant, Rajinder Singh, superintending engineer, posted on deputation in the Punjab Health Systems Corporation. Though Vijay Singla told the media personnel that he has full faith in his partu as well as the judiciary, and he will come out clean.

In the FIR, the complainant, Rajinder Singh stated that in April, Pardeep Kumar asked him to give 2% as commission, i.e. ₹1.16 crore, from the total amount of ₹58 crore, which included ₹41 crore as allotment of construction works and ₹17 crore as payments to contractors. When the official pleaded against it, the OSD allegedly threatened to destroy his career. Later on May 20, the OSD again asked him to give ₹10 lakh as settlement money and 1% as commission from all projects to the minister in future. To save himself from mental harassment, Rajinder Singh offered ₹5 lakh, stated the FIR. On May 23, the OSD called the complainant to the secretariat to meet him and the minister and hand over the money. It was then that the official recorded the conversation and handed over the audio clip to his seniors, which then reached the CM.

With Vijay Singla’s dismissal, CM Bhagwant Mann cleared that the AAP govt won’t tolerate corruption at any cost and strict action will be taken against those accused, be it a anybody, even a minister. Punjab CM Mann and AAP convener Kejriwal reminded about the zero tolerance policy of the AAP govt against corruption.

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