HC reserves decision on bail of Patiala DC in sale deeds scam

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, on Monday, reserved its decision on a petition moved by former Deputy Commissioner (DC) Patiala Vikas Garg seeking anticipatory bail in the sale deeds scam.

The petition came up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice Paramjeet Singh. After hearing the arguments, the court of Singh reserved the matter for a final decision that can come at any time in the coming weeks.

The petitioner had approached the court seeking pre arrest bail in a case in which an FIR dated November 9 under Section 409, 420, 468,471, 120-B of IPC and Section 13(1) (d) read with Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at the police station of the Vigilance Bureau in Patiala. The allegation against Garg was that two sale deeds were registered on October 14, 2011 on his oral direction which caused a huge loss to the state exchequer.

Garg had apprised the court that he had no role to play in the sale deeds registered at the office of the sub registrar, Patiala, which had led to the registration of the FIR. He said he had been falsely implicated in the present FIR due to political reasons.

The court was also informed that the present FIR was registered on a complaint filed by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Vigilance Bureau Flying Squad -11, Pritam Singh where 10 persons were named as accused. The bench was also informed that sale deeds were registered in 2011, but the FIR was registered on November 9 after a year.

The District and Session Judge Patiala had already on November 23 rejected the bail application of Garg.

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