A Mohali courtroom on Tuesday despatched former Punjab Well being Minister Vijay Singla to police remand until Could 27, information company ANI reported.
Earlier within the day, Singla was sacked from the state Cupboard over graft expenses, and was arrested shortly afterwards, with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann asserting his authorities has zero-tolerance to corruption.
The chief minister himself introduced Singla’s elimination from the Cupboard which was sworn-in simply two months in the past after the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) stormed to energy, driving on the agenda of corruption-free governance, and different ballot guarantees.
Mann mentioned the choice was made after he got here to know that Singla was allegedly demanding a “one per cent fee” in tenders and purchases of his division.
As he introduced Singla’s sacking, Mann additionally mentioned he additionally directed the police to register a case in opposition to the minister.
Quickly afterwards, the 52-year-old Singla was arrested by the Punjab Police.
Singla, a dental surgeon, was elected to the meeting from the Mansa seat, defeating Punjabi singer and Congress candidate Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also referred to as Sidhu Moosewala.
Official sources mentioned Mann got here to learn about Singla’s alleged wrongdoings via an official 10 days in the past. The CM assured the official that he was with him and that he doesn’t have to worry anybody.
With the assistance of the official, an operation was carried out after which it got here to fore that Singla and his aides have been demanding a “one p.c fee”.
It’s learnt that an audio recording was additionally made which purportedly implicates Singla.
“A case was dropped at my discover wherein one minister in my authorities was demanding a one per cent fee from every tender or buy of his division. I took this case very significantly,” Mann mentioned in a video message at this time.
“I’m taking strict motion in opposition to that minister and I’m eradicating him from the cupboard. I’m additionally giving instructions to the police to register a case in opposition to him,” Mann mentioned. “That minister’s title is Vijay Singla. He was the well being minister.” Mann mentioned Singla has admitted to his alleged wrongdoings.
(With PTI inputs)
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