Mohali: In a setback for the state government, its move to withdraw a corruption case against senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and Cabinet minister Tota Singh before the assembly elections was struck down as a local court, for the second time, dismissed the application seeking withdrawal of case against him, saying the application does not qualify to be considered to have been moved in public interest.
The state vigilance bureau had moved the court in October.
Rejecting the plea, the court set December 2 as next date for final arguments. Three years ago too, the SAD-BJP government had moved an application to withdraw the case.
MLA from Dharamkot Tota Singh is facing trial in a case registered by the VB pertaining to recruitment of 134 clerks by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) during 2000 and 2001 when Tota Singh was state Education Minister. Without going into the merits of the case the court only examined the application on the yardstick of whether the application moved is in public interest or not.
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