Ludhiana City Centre Case: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Others Given Clean Chit by Court in 'Rs 1,140 Crore Scam'
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. (Photo Credits: ANI)

Ludhiana, November 27: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and others were given a clean chit in the Ludhiana City Centre case on Wednesday. Captain Amarinder Singh, talking to the reporters after the verdict, said that the "matter has finally been decided today in our favour and the charges against us have been rejected." In August 2017, Captain Amarinder Singh and all other 30 accused had been given a clean chit by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in the matter. The state vigilance bureau had registered an FIR in the case in March 2007.

Captain Amarinder Singh also tweeted after the court's verdict. He wrote on his Twitter post, "Truth has prevailed, with the court dismissing blatantly false and politically motivated charges against me and others accused in Ludhiana City Centre case. We had full faith in the law, and our stand has been vindicated. I thank Wahe Guruji for this victory against victimisation.”

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The Rs 1,100 crore scam case, alleging that a private builder was favoured during Amarinder Singh’s term as the chief minister in 2003, was filed in 2007 when the SAD-BJP coalition was in power. Overruling its 100-page charge sheet filed initially, the state vigilance bureau in August last year had filed a closure report in the case, saying a reinvestigation of the matter found nothing to substantiate the charges against Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh, son-in-law Raminder Singh and 33 others.

Touted as one of the biggest projects in the state, the Ludhiana city centre plan was rolled out in 2006. To be spread over 25 acres of land, the project proposed to have shopping malls, 12 multiplexes, residential apartments, helipad and parking slots. The project site on Pakhowal Road of Ludhiana is currently in ruins. (With PTI Inputs)