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Ludhiana City Centre scam: Court adjourns hearing to Aug 16

PTI Last Updated at 08 Aug 2018, 17:08 IST India

A court today adjourned to August 16 the hearing in the alleged Rs 1,144-crore Ludhiana City Centre scam in which Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is among the accused.

The case, alleging that a private builder was favored during Singh's previous term as chief minister, was filed in 2007 when the SAD-BJP government was in power.

District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh adjourned the hearing here after the complainant's counsel sought more time.

In August last year, the state's Vigilance Bureau had filed a closure report in the case, saying a reinvestigation had found nothing to substantiate the charge that there had been a scam.

But former Vigilance Bureau SSP KS Sandhu then pleaded with the court to hear him before accepting the bureau's closure report.

Sandhu's counsel had argued that the preliminary inquiry in the case was conducted by the former SSP and an FIR registered after a thorough probe.

During the previous hearing on August 3, the court heard arguments on the maintainability of Sandhu's application.

The bureau said no proof has been found against the accused including Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh, son-in-law Raminder Singh and 33 others following the reinvestigation.

The original FIR had alleged that Delhi-based company Today Homes was favored for executing the Ludhiana City Centre project in 2003, during Amarinder Singh's earlier term as CM.

The City Centre plan included shopping malls, multiplexes, apartments and a helipad, but they were never built.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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