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Sumedh Saini plea in City Centre case dismissed

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Published on March 04, 2019 with No Comments

  • Former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini’s  petition for making him party in the case did not find favour with the court, which ruled that the Vigilance Bureau is the complainant, not Saini
  • It said he was neither the complainant nor an aggrieved party so he has no locus standi to file the plea
  • The prosecution too termed him an ‘outsider’, claiming that he had only supervised the probe

 

The court of Sessions Judge in Ludhiana dismissed the plea of former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini for making him party in the City Centre case. “The Vigilance Bureau is the complainant not Sumedh Singh Saini. He was having no locus standi to file the present application. He is neither complainant nor aggrieved party. He only supervised the investigation,” observed the court while dismissing his plea. The state government’s Prosecution Department opposed the plea of the Vigilance Bureau’s former Director Sumedh Singh Saini to hear him before passing any order on the closure report in the City Centre case involving Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Challenging the locus standi of Saini to file the plea, the Prosecution Department termed him to be an “outsider” in the present proceedings. Whatever he had done at that time was done in his official capacity and not in private capacity, which ceased with the demitting of his office after transfer from the Vigilance Bureau, claimed Director, Prosecution, Vijay Singla during arguments in the court. “From the close scrutiny of the file, it is clear that the file in question was never put up before the applicant for any order or approval. Hence, he cannot be said to be an informant, getting a right to be heard,” says the reply filed by the prosecution. Denying the claim of former VB Director that he was informant in the City Centre case, the prosecution asserted that he had nothing to do with the case in question.

It was stated Chief Minister Amarinder Singh during his previous term marked an inquiry into the case after media reports in September 2006. It was enquired by the then Director, VB, CSR Reddy, with the assistance of subordinate officers. But with the change of government, he was wrongly booked.

On August 19 last year, the bureau had filed a closure report in the court of Sessions Judge on the basis of further investigation carried out by it on the application of one of the accused Chetan Gupta of New Delhi. The VB had claimed that nothing wrong was done and figures of loss to state exchequer were false and imaginary.

 

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