Former Punjab minister Dharamsot sent to three-day Vigilance custody in disproportionate assets case

A local court on Tuesday sent former Punjab minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot to three-day custody of the Vigilance Bureau.

The Congress leader was produced before a Mohali court after his arrest on Monday by the Vigilance Bureau in a disproportionate assets case.

The bureau had sought Dharamsot on a seven-day remand.

Dharamsot was held for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

A case under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Dharamsot at the Vigilance Bureau police station.

“During the check period from 01-03-2016 (March 1, 2016) to 31-03-2022 (March 31, 2022), the income of the former minister and his family was Rs 2,37,12,596.48 (Rs 2.37 crore) while the expenditure was Rs 8,76,30,888.87 (Rs 8.76 crore), which was Rs 6,39,18,292.39 (Rs 6.39 crore) ie 269 per cent more than his known sources of income,” a bureau spokesperson said on Monday.

He was also arrested in a corruption case last year.

Dharamsot, who held the Forest department portfolio in the then Amarinder Singh-led Cabinet, was arrested last June for allegedly taking kickbacks to issue permits to cut trees, transfer officials, make purchases and issue no-objection certificates.

He was later granted bail by Punjab and Haryana High court.

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