SC holds expulsion of former Punjab CM

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SC holds expulsion of former Punjab CM
New Delhi, Apr 26: Terming it as unconstitutional, the Supreme Court on Monday, Apr 26, quashed the expulsion of former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh from the State Assembly.

A five-judge constitution bench led by chief justice KG Balakrishnan directed the immediate restoration of Amarinder Singh's membership to the present assembly.

Singh was thrown out of the House on Sep 3, 2008, for 'breach of privilege' following the passing of a resolution based on a report of a special committee appointed by the Punjab Assembly on the alleged irregularities.

The report concluded that the former Chief Minister has granted illegal exemption to certain developers which has resulted in a loss worth over several crores of rupees to the exchequer.

The scam relates to grant of exemption on 32.5 acres of land in a prime area by Singh as the Chief Minister to certain land developers allegedly in violation of the rules.

During his tenure as the Chief Minister, Singh is said to have granted an exemption on 32.5 acres of land in a prime area to certain land developers, which was allegedly in violation of the rules.

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