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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh acquitted in decade-old graft case

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Chandigarh, July 27: In a major relief to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, a Vigilance Bureau court in Mohali on Friday acquitted him and 17 others in a 10-year-old corruption case involving the transfer of a prime land in Amritsar. The others acquitted include former Punjab Speaker Kewal Krishan and two former ministers — all the three are dead.

The case was registered by the state Vigilance Bureau on the recommendation of the State Assembly, alleging a scam in granting exemptions to transfer of 32.1-acre prime land of the Amritsar Improvement Trust to a private realtor. Additional District and Sessions Judge Jaswinder Singh accepted the Vigilance Bureau’s cancellation report. “I accept the cancellation report,” the judge said. Amarinder Singh was present in the court. “Justice has finally prevailed after a decade in the Amritsar Improvement Trust case. It’s been proved that allegations were motivated, borne out of sheer political vendetta,” the Chief Minister tweeted. (IANS)