New Delhi: Former Forests and Social Welfare Minister of Punjab and senior Congress leader Sadhu Singh Dharamsot was arrested by the state’s Vigilance Bureau on Tuesday, June 7, over corruption charges.
The bureau has also arrested journalist Kamaljit Singh who is a close associate of the Congress leader, source said. Dharamsot, 62, was arrested under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) from Amloh.
This came days after the arrest of district forest officer Guramanpreet Singh and a contractor Harminder Singh Hummy in a corruption case. Both of them are learnt to have provided details of the alleged wrongdoings in the forest department when Dharamsot was the minister, according to the source.
62-year-old, Dharamsot, a member of the Congress Party, was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly from the Nabha constituency of Punjab. Dharamsot had been the five times MLA and former minister in Punjab government. Dharamsot represented the Nabha Assembly Constituency until 2022. He served as the Minister of Forests, Social Welfare in Government of Punjab, India.
Dharamsot is accused of being involved in the illegal felling of more than 25,000 trees. Meanwhile, Dharamsot’s arrest comes at a time when Chief Minister Mann has warned against wipping out corruption in the state.
Last month, Mann also got his former Health Minister Vijay Singla and sent him to 14-day judicial custody over corruption charges. Singla, 52, was accused of demanding a 1 per cent commission from officials for contracts.
CM Bhagwant Mann had said in vedio message, “A case was brought to my notice in which one minister in my government was demanding one per cent commission from each tender or purchase of his department. I took this case very seriously. Only I knew this case. Neither media nor opposition knew it.”
He had also said, “I am taking strict action against that minister and I am removing him from the cabinet. I am also giving directions to the police to register a case against him.”