Court accepts police report cancelling case against late ETO
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A Mohali court has accepted the cancellation report forwarded by the police in a case against deceased Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) Ranjit Singh, who had committed suicide in April 2011, allegedly after he was booked in a fabricated bribery case by officials of the Vigilance Bureau.
In connection with the same case, suspended SP (Vigilance) Amandeep Kaur and four others were booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, abetment to suicide, criminal intimidation and misconduct, forgery and creation of false evidence, on August 8 last year.
Kaur had booked the ETO in a false case in March 2011, following which the ETO had committed suicide days after he was arrested in a trap laid by a Vigilance team headed by her.
In the order dated September 4 (the copy of which was made available on Wednesday), Special Court Judge Parminder Pal Singh has accepted the cancellation report furnished by the Superintendent of Police, Vigilance Bureau Flying Squad 1, on February 12 this year.
The report relied on an inquiry conducted by a committee headed by IGP H S Sidhu and Deputy Excise and Taxation Officer Mansavi Kumar, who gave a clean chit to the ETO, saying that he was falsely implicated in a bogus trap, "so as to nail down official acts of ETO Ranjit Singh to nab tax evaders".
The enquiry report, after finding various other discrepancies in the case, also indicted that Kaur, along with Harinder Kaur Brar, Assistant Excise and Tax Officer, had not applied her mind in regard to the background of the case.
The court has ruled that the ETO was to recover an amount of Rs 2.27 lakh as fine/cash security from a trader named Gopi, for the release of his goods, but was booked in a false trap.
Contesting the committee's report, the counsel for the accused had argued that such a report had been furnished because of extraneous political pressure and the hype created by media. The court, however, accepted the committee's report for the "very valid reasons" that it contained.
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