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Sub-Registrar’s Arrest and Expulsion of Amarinder
Politics or Something Else........???

Would the inquiry be independent, impartial and complete in all respect in the graft case against the Tehsildar-cum-Sub Registrar, Arvind Parkash Verma and others in the interest of justice?

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2008/20080921/ldh1.htm#2
Named leaders, officials involved in racket
Observation and Comments

It is very true that in face of only independent, impartial and complete inquiry in all respect in the graft case against the Tehsildar-cum-Sub Registrar, Arvind Parkash Verma and others in the interest of justice, many skeletons are expected to tumble out of the closet as it was an open secret that government offices were full of corrupt and slothful officers, who won't move a file unless they are bribed, the district courts are full of touts and nothing moves without money.

In view of the above if the bureau was really all set to investigate the role of all named by the accused, must go even beyond that to find out the many local politicians, senior officials, touts and other professionals were involved in the racket and connected in the business.  

The arrest accepting a bribe the part of political vendetta or has any connection with the arrest by the Vigilance Bureau of a sub-registrar, Arvind Verma who had replaced ‘most honest’ officer who was presented the ‘Most Honest Officer’ award by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal about four months ago when the corruption is always allowed openly for humiliating, insulting and harassing people were not the motives that brought to the centre stage that the office was a den of corruption, should also be the one of the issues required to investigated and concluded in this case to remove apprehension in the minds of people and all concerned that the arrest accepting a bribe was not a part of political vendetta or has no connection replacing ‘most honest’ officer through the Court Orders.

Comments sent on September 20, 2008 are also enclosed

Submission by
Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana
September 21, 2008
www.sikhvicharmanch.com

For References:

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2008/20080921/ldh1.htm#2

Named leaders, officials involved in racket
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20

With the arrest of Tehsildar-cum-Sub Registrar, Arvind Parkash Verma and two others by Vigilance Bureau in a graft case, many skeletons are expected to tumble out of the closet.

Sources in the Vigilance Bureau said questioning of the accused had revealed that many local politicians, senior officials and other professionals were involved in the racket. The bureau was all set to investigate the role of all named by the accused.

The Vigilance action brought to the centre stage the allegations that the office was a den of corruption.

The residents had been raising a lot of hue and cry over the past few months but nobody could do anything till Verma was caught on graft charges yesterday.

Incidentally, Verma was appointed Sub-Registrar in April this year following the directions of the High Court. He had moved the court after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had handpicked Naib Tehsildar Mukesh Sharma for the post to reward him for his honesty in August last year.

Badal had categorically stated that he wanted an honest officer like Mukesh to handle the affairs of an office that made crores of rupees every month for the state exchequer. The office was always in the midst of a controversy as sale deeds of lands in Ludhiana, where land is very expensive, were registered here everyday.

The development had not gone down well with Verma, who was replaced with Mukesh. He had filed a petition in the High Court at that time. The court had given direction in his favour and he had to be appointed at the post.

Meanwhile, the associations of Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars of the state were holding a meeting to discuss ‘‘atrocities’’ committed on Tehsildar by the Vigilance Bureau at Jalandhar tomorrow. Spokesperson of association Gurpreet Singh said they had taken a strong notice of the way he was picked and beaten up by the Vigilance officials.

The associations would chalk out its future course of action during the meeting.

Bribery Case: Tehsildar, two others in police remand
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20

Chief Judicial Magistrate Lachhman Singh today remanded Tehsildar- cum-Sub-Registrar (West) Arvind Parkash Verma and two other employees of his in police custody for two days. The Vigilance Bureau had arrested them in a bribery case yesterday.

Vigilance Bureau’s government’s pleader Sukhchain Singh has sought the police remand of accused on a plea that much was yet to be enquired. He has submitted that it has come to his notice during preliminary investigation that a few persons working the Sub-Registrar’s office used to collect Rs 7.5 lakh from the public daily. So, the agency needs sufficient time to probe into the matter.

The defence counsel strongly opposed the Vigilance Bureau’s contentions. He submitted that his client was innocent and had been falsely implicated due to political vendetta by the ruling party. He also alleged that the Tehsildar was beaten up by the Vigilance Bureau officials and stressed on getting him medically examined.

He said Verma paid heavily for filing a writ petition against the state government after his transfer from the same post due to the political interference. In the writ petition he had leveled allegations against the SAD leaders for replacing him. After transferring him, one Mukesh Kumar was given this post. One local chief parliamentary secretary and other leaders had garlanded him and accompanied him at the time of his taking charge as Tehsildar here.

Aggrieved with all this, Verma had showed such photographs in the High Court during the hearing of his writ petition. The High Court had then ordered him to be given the same post. Subsequently, Mukesh Kumar was transferred from Ludhiana and accused was posted here again. Due to all this, he was framed in this false case, further added defence counsel.

But after hearing both parties, the Judge remanded him in the police custody.

Sub-registrar arrested for accepting bribe

Was the arrest accepting a bribe a part of political vendetta or has any connection replacing ‘most honest’ officer through the Court Orders?

Was the arrest accepting a bribe a part of political vendetta or has any connection with the arrest by the Vigilance Bureau of  a sub-registrar, Arvind Verma who had replaced ‘most honest’ officer who was presented the ‘Most Honest Officer’ award by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal about four months ago otherwise the corruption is always allowed openly for humiliating, insulting and harassing people and the complaints and the problems are numerous like erratic power supply, so many schools in Punjab which do not have teachers and drinking water, Students from the middle and lower-middle classes can't get admissions to schools without giving 'donations', the roads are in bad shape, Traffic is hardly regulated by the cops, who are present only to extract money from people violating traffic rules, the telephone department won't fix your phone unless the lineman has been given his regular bakshish of Rs 100, the shopping malls display their products on the shelves even if the expiry date is over, or only a couple of weeks away. There is inadequate parking at most of the malls, the city bus stands and railway stations are pathetic. The state buses are not even fit for short journeys, the public parks are sans any public utilities. Dark and unlit corners make perfect spots for petty crimes, there is no facility for accident victims, government offices are full of corrupt and slothful officers, who won't move a file unless they are bribed, the district courts are full of touts and nothing moves without money? 

Comments by
Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana
September 20, 2008

www.sikhvicharmanch.com

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iphone-3g-named-gadget-of-the-year/363673/

Sub-registrar arrested for accepting bribe

Ludhiana, September 19 The Vigilance Bureau arrested a sub-registrar, Arvind Verma, after he was caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from an NRI on Friday. Two others, identified as Parminder Pal Singh (cashier) and Harjinder Singh (police constable), were also arrested. The sub-registrar’s reader, Gopal Krishan, is absconding.

“NRI Barjinder Singh Lalton wanted to register a power of attorney favouring one Baljit Singh of Baddowal and approached Verma. The accused demanded Rs 15,000 as bribe. Later, the deal was settled at Rs 10,000. After this, Lalton filed a complaint with us,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Vigilance Bureau, Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu.

A Vigilance Bureau team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Rav Charan Singh Brar and Deputy Superintendent of Police Gurcharan Singh, laid a trap for the sub-registrar. After Lalton delivered the cash, it passed from Verma to Krishan to Parminder Pal Singh and finally to Harjinder Singh.

The Vigilance Bureau also conducted a raid at Verma’s house in Jalandhar and seized Rs 1.59 lakh, 47 bottles of Scotch whiskey and two unlicensed rifles. The Jalandhar Police has registered two cases, one under the Excise Act and another under the Arms Act, against Verma in this regard, said SSP Sandhu.

Verma had replaced ‘most honest’ officer

Sub-registrar Arvind Verma had replaced Mukesh Kumar, who was presented the ‘Most Honest Officer’ award by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, about four months ago.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2008/20080923/ldh1.htm

Sub-registrar’s arrest halts work
Employees go on protest leave
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Hundreds of people who visited the sub-registrar’s office were harassed as no work was taken up in both west and east offices even three days after the arrest of A.P. Verma, sub-registrar (W), by the vigilance in a graft case.

None of the two offices registered a sale deed today, causing losses to the state exchequer as most employees proceeded on leave following the vigilance action.

Verma was arrested on Friday morning and that day, too, no work was taken up. People who came from different parts of the district had to return as there was nobody to attend to them.

Only security personnel were seen outside the offices. The visitors came in the morning and left after waiting for about an hour.

"When they took action against the sub-registrar, they should have appointed a tehsildar to ensure that work did not suffer,” said Gurkirpal Singh, who returned after the security staff told him that there was nobody in the office.

Also, there was no information if work would be taken up tomorrow. “I have to take a bank loan and start the construction of my house. I want the sale deed of my house registered,” he said.

Sub-registrar Kanwar Narinder Singh reached the east office, but when he saw no official had turned up, he went back.

Meanwhile, panic gripped advocates, deed writers and agents following the arrest of Verma. The vigilance claims that Verma had revealed the names of some advocates and deed writers involved in the racket.

Tehsildar alleges torture
3 remanded in police custody for 2 more days
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, September 22
“Give me death; give me death”, tehsildar-cum-sub registrar Arvind Parkash Verma, in Vigilance Bureau’s custody, pleaded before a local court.

“I will prefer dying than facing such third degree torture and humiliation”, he added. “I can’t tolerate the electric shock being given to me by the Vigilance officials”.

When Verma was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate Lachhman Singh on expiry of his police remand, he broke down and kept on weeping despite being consoled by his lawyer.

In order to humiliate him, he was stripped off before other co-accused who were junior to him. All this was being done just to settle political score. Moreover, he was aspiring for promotion as the SDM, he added.

He stated that he had not named any senior official or anyone else, as claimed by the vigilance official in the newspapers.

The bureau had claimed in a section of newspapers that accused had named a few senior administrative officials to whom he used to share the ill-gotten money.

The Vigilance Bureau had also claimed that it would also probe their role.

Meanwhile, CJM Lachhman Singh extended the police remand of all three accused for another two days, after being convinced with the submissions of Additional Public Prosecutor Sukhchain Singh.

The prosecution claimed that during interrogation, the accused had confessed to having deposited Rs 1 crore in his bank account maintained with ICICI Bank, Mumbai.

Moreover, he has disclosed that he purchased property in the name of his wife and mother from the ill-gotten money in Noida, Mumbai, and other places, such facts needs to be verified, stressed public prosecutor.

The Vigilance Bureau sleuths had also raided the house and shop of Vema’s brother in Jalandhar. Even, his brother was booked under the Excise Act.

The defence counsel today refuted the allegation of the prosecution.

The defence counsel said the Vigilance officials should not be remanded in police custody for probing the alleged disproportionate asset of the accused.

POLITICS NOTHING ELSE-NO TEACHERS- NO DRINKING WATER

Ailing State Punjab-Letters to INDIA TODAY

It is politics nothing else, for the reason Badal can splurge Rs 250 crore on the bus stands in Patiala, but there are so many schools in Punjab which do not have teachers and drinking water and rightly said the problems ailing our state Punjab.

INDIA

TODAY

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 17:18 IST

 

http://indiatoday.digitaltoday.in/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&issueid=43&id=15575&Itemid=1&sectionid=63

 

My Punjab is suffering under Parkash Singh Badal's rule. We are waiting for Amarinder Singh to become the CM again and bail us out. Badal can splurge Rs 250 crore on the bus stands in Patiala, but there are so many schools in Punjab which do not have teachers and drinking water.

-Balkaran from Edmonton, Canada balkaran@telus.net    

The problems ailing my state Punjab, and Ludhiana in particular, are numerous. Let me list a few of them:

1.                  We have erratic power supply.

2.                  The roads are in bad shape. Traffic is hardly regulated by the cops, who are present only to extract money from people violating traffic rules. Road rage and rash driving are rampant.

3.                  Government offices are full of corrupt and slothful officers, who won't move a file unless they are bribed.

4.                  The telephone department won't fix your phone unless the lineman has been given his regular bakshish of Rs 100.

5.                  The shopping malls display their products on the shelves even if the expiry date is over, or only a couple of weeks away. There is inadequate parking at most of the malls.

6.                  The city bus stands and railway stations are pathetic. The state buses are not even fit for short journeys.

7.                  The district courts are full of touts and nothing moves without money.

8.                  There is no facility for accident victims in hospitals.

9.                  The public parks are sans any public utilities. Dark and unlit corners make perfect spots for petty crimes.

10.             Ludhiana resembles Mumbai of 2007 floods during rains.

11.             Students from the middle and lower-middle classes can't get admissions to schools without giving 'donations'.

The less said about my state the better it is.

-Rajwinder Osahan from Ludhiana (raajosahan@rediffmail.com)

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chandigarh/Seize_Amarinders_property_/articleshow/3481112.cms

 

'Seize Amarinder's property'

PATIALA: SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra demanded the attachment of personal properties of Amarinder Singh, including Moti Mahal, in order to recover Rs 360 crore amassed through corrupt means.

 

Agitated over Amarinder's recent visit to abroad, Chandumajra told the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal that it was a matter of great dejection for the people of Punjab as it was undesirable in a democratic setup.

He apprehended that the people of Punjab would raise questions to SAD and Punjab Vidhan Sabha regarding this.


He urged Badal to raise the issue in the Punjab Assembly to recover Rs 360 crore from Amarinder's personal property worth millions so that people would not feel that SAD "was mum after gaining political mileage out of the issue."

He said Amarinder should continue his political battle with Badal but at the same time deposit money in state treasury. He urged Punjab Assembly to accept the money and asked Amritsar Improvement Trust authorities to initiate legal proceedings in this regard.

Forwarded by
Balbir Singh Sooch
September 18, 2008
www.sikhvicharmanch.com

(2)

Expulsion of Amarinder

Is law or whims to prevail? Here "generally" and "unless" (Is there any bar in declaring the seat vacant in the manner and on holding bye-election?) as observed by Election Commission remains to be decided by the competent Bench of the High court or the Supreme Court of India

Since the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 15 order refused to stay Amarinder's expulsion then "There should 'generally' be no obstacle in declaring the seat vacant and ordering a by-election, 'unless' a court stays it" has to be decided once again by the competent Bench of the High court or Supreme Court of India before the by-election held for the vacant seat.

The Bench concerned may pass a detailed order on the following questions are likely to be raised in revision/ appeal i.e. writ if preferred in this case:-

Big Bang-House expels Captain Amarinder Singh-Ex Chief Minister Punjab

Is the act and game of corrupt versus Corrupt as usual?

Or is it an established political vendetta?

Is it a part of act and game of political deterrence for the people, MPs, MLAs etc?

Is it a show of political power and oneness by the present government like others always used to do politically and revengefully in case of the opponents in India?

Do the people of this country find any sincere approach and outcome to eradicate corruption in such cases and "Logic has reached its crescendo" as alleged?

Could there be any race or test of loyalty and disloyalty of MLAs hereafter?

Would the expulsion diminish Amarinder Singh as a political leader or is something else in store for him?

The answers to the questions are not so easy in Indian democracy and similarly there is no hope at this instant for prevailing rule of law in face of might is right in the spoiled system.

 

Comments by

Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana

September 18, 2008

www.sikhvicharmanch.com

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2008/20080918/punjab1.htm#1

Expulsion of Amarinder
House can declare Patiala Assembly seat vacant: EC
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17

In a major 'set-back' to former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the Election Commission of India feels once the Punjab Vidhan Sabha has expelled a member, there should generally be no obstacle in declaring the seat vacant and ordering a byelection, unless a court stays it.  

Since the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 15 order refused to stay Amarinder's expulsion and granted him relief only in case of "custodial interrogation" ordered by the Vidhan Sabha, the file is likely to be cleared in routine, as it comes up for consideration before the Election Commission of India (ECI).  

Dr S.Y. Quraishi, Election Commissioner of India, said the ECI was yet to receive intimation from the Punjab Vidhan Sabha notifying Amarinder's expulsion. "But legally there is no bar on holding bye-election unless there is a stay from a court".  

He said, "In general one can say there is a parallel between the case of expulsion of 11 MPs from Parliament, the ECI got elections in all constituencies. There was initially stay in one case, but that too was vacated and polls were held there. So, I don't see any technical hitch in holding the bye-electionin Patiala. But a clear answer can only be given after we receive intimation from the Punjab Vidhan Sabha".  

The secretary, Vidhan Sabha, has already sent a notification 70-LA-2008/46 dated September 10, 2008, to the ECI apprising it of the Vidhan Sabha's decision to expel Amarinder from the House. In the notification the Vidhan Sabha has said based on the decision of the House the "76-Patiala Town Assembly constituency has fallen vacant with effect from September 10, 2008".  

Sources in the ECI said there was no obstacle in the Patiala seat becoming vacant as the legislature had the power to expel a member from the House. But if a court ordered stay, then even if the process of the polling had been started, it would have to be put on hold.  

He said so far, the information before the ECI on the expulsion of Amarinder was only based on newspaper reports. "But once the facts are put before the commission, it will take a considered view and decide if and when the byelection is to be held. Technically the ECI has six months to hold bye-election."  

Meanwhile, Congress legislator Sukhpal Singh Khaira has written to the Punjab Governor asking him to quash the notification of September 10 saying "it is against the laid down principles of the Constitution, illegal, unconstitutional, arbitrary and displays vengeance against an elected member, besides being violative of Article 21 of the Constitution".

 

 
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