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PROVIDING SUPPORT: Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with his supporters ahead of appearing before Vigilance Bureau in Patiala on Sunday.
PROVIDING SUPPORT: Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with his supporters ahead of appearing before Vigilance Bureau in Patiala on Sunday.

Sarabjit Pandher

Former Chief Minister did not provide proper answers: Bureau spokesperson

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Sunday questioned the former Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, in a case related to a amassing of disproportionate assets, which was registered against him recently. He has been asked to supply copies of some documents related to the case within eight weeks.

Capt. Singh who was accompanied by two of his legal counsels was questioned at the Circuit House in Patiala for almost six hours. While talking to The Hindu over the phone, he said that officers were polite and performed their duty within the parameters of decency. However, a spokesman of the Bureau later told reporters that the former Chief Minister was non-cooperative and did not provide proper answers to their questionnaire.

Capt. Singh said that the Vigilance officers posed him the same set of questions, which he had replied to during the investigations for the Ludhiana City Centre scam case, where he is among the main accused. However, it was not possible for him to provide exact figures and dates as required by the investigating team. He claimed to have promised the Bureau to provide the details at the earliest, for which he was granted eight weeks’ time.

However, the former Chief Minister had another reason to be pleased as at least 27 MLAs out the Congress’s tally of 40 came out to express solidarity with him.

Show of solidarity

Another group of nearly 30 former legislators and senior leaders also reached Patiala, despite advice from the state unit of the Congress leadership for the party rank and file to stay away, as the matter related to Capt. Singh’s private property. Congress MLA from Talwandi Sabo, Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, read out the names of 21 Congress legislators and representatives of five others, who had reached Patiala to express solidarity.

A beaming Capt. Singh expressed his gratitude towards the MLAs and workers of the party, who came out in open support despite directives from the State leadership of the party and threats from the State Government. He claimed that the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, had also inquired about the status of the “false cases” against him.


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