Two prosecution witnesses depose in Badal case

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Rupnagar, Nov 1 (UNI) Two more prosecution witnesses in the disproportionate assets case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and others, deposed in the court of Rupnagar Special Judge G.S.Saran today.

The court had summoned four witnesses including Oriental Bank Commerce Anandpur Sahib branch manager Jit Singh, Constable Balbir Singh posted in Ferozepur district, Som Nath Builders Pvt Ltd Senior Manager Vijay Kumar and Punjab Mandi Board senior assistant Usha Garg for deposition today.

However, the deposition of only Balbir Singh and Jit Singh could be held while Vijay Kumar sent a written submission expressing his inability to appear in the court today while the examination of Usha Garg was not conducted after being declared as 'not necessary' by the Public prosecutor Pradeep Mehta.

In their depositions both Balbir Singh and Jit Singh by and large supported the prosecution version.

In his deposition Balbir Singh stated that he was posted in CM security in the month of July and August and remained posted there upto April 2002 in 1st Commando Battalion.

He stated that he, along with other constables, were put on duty by way of rotation in government house in sector 2 Chandigarh, MLA hostel, and house no.256 in sector 9 Chandigarh of Badal and in Delhi.

He further stated that in Kothi no.256, his duty was outside the gate and since repair etc. was in progress inside the Kothi labourers were sent inside after checking and no other person was visiting the Kothi.

In his deposition, Jit Singh stated that he was posted as branch manager of OBC at Morinda. A DSP of Vigilance Bureau had come to the branch and collected the photocopies of the some drafts, which were received after clearance from State Bank of India, Morinda branch and the same were cleared.

His statement was recorded by the Vigilance Bureau.

With today'd depositions, 38 prosecution witnesses have deposed in the case so far out of which 25 have turned hostile.

The deposition of prosecution witnesses would continue tomorrow also.

All the accused, except Parkash Singh Badal and his wife Surinder Kaur, were present in the court during the hearing of the case today.

A battery of counsels appeared on behalf of the defence.

UNI

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