Patiala: Punjab Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh
Kahlon today moved an application for anticipatory bail before
the special CBI court here in a recruitment scam case.
The special judge of CBI court Balbir Singh has issued a
notice to the CBI seeking a reply on August 12.
The CBI had on July 9 filed a charge-sheet against
Kahlon and 14 others in an alleged recruitment scam during his
stint as a minister in the Punjab government.
The court had already issued summoned Kahlon and 13
others in the case, asking them to appear on August 17.
Those named in the charge-sheet include Mandeep Singh,
IAS, the then director, rural development and panchayats,
Punjab and now director, transport, Punjab besides J S Kesar,
IAS (retired), the then financial commissioner, department of
rural development and panchayats, and Vikas Sharma, private
secretary (retired) to the minister.
The case was registered on June 26, 2003 against Kahlon
and 13 others on the basis of a complaint from the then
director, rural development and panchayats, Punjab under
various sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
It was alleged the then minister, in conspiracy with
other accused, indulged in corruption, cheating and forgery of
records in respect of selection of 909 panchayat secretaries
during 1997 to 2002 by abusing their official positions.