Press Release
New Delhi, 04.12.2018

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a chargesheet U/s 120B, 171(f), 192, 193, 218, 220, 341, 342, 420 of IPC and substantive offences thereof against 9 serving & retired officials of Punjab Govt. including 5 Punjab Police officials, 01 Food Safety Officer, 03 officials of Department of Co-Operative Societies and 6 private persons in the Court of Special Judicial Magistrate, CBI Cases, Mohali (Punjab).

CBI had registered the case on 05.07.2016 on the orders dated 17.05.2016, of High Court of Punjab & Haryana, passed in CRM No. M-13951 of 2015. It was alleged by the petitioner that he and his associates were not allowed to contest the elections of Directors of Primary Co-operative Agriculture Development Bank Ltd. Dharmkot, District- Moga (Punjab). When he approached the High Court of Punjab & Haryana, a false case vide FIR No. 41 dated 24.03.2014 at Police Station Kot Isah Khan, District- Moga (Punjab) U/s 420, 272, 273 of IPC and Food Safety & Standards Act 2006 was registered against him.

CBI investigation revealed that the officials of Department of Co-operative Societies, Govt. of Punjab had allegedly conspired with local police officials and some private persons to rig the election process for the posts of Directors of Board of PADB, Dharmkot held on 12.02.2014 and the accused police officials did not allow the petitioner & other candidates to file the nomination papers. It was further alleged that the officials of Department of Co-operative Societies themselves deposited the nomination fees on behalf of selected few candidates & distorted the whole election process and declared them elected as unopposed. It was also found that when the petitioner approached the High Court against the said malpractices adopted in the election, a FIR No. 41 dated 24.03.2014 was registered at Police Station Kot Isah Khan, District- Moga (Punjab) against petitioner on alleged false documents with the connivance of Food Safety Official.

After thorough investigation, a chargesheet was filed.

The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.