New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday sacked the state’s Health Minister Vijay Singla following complaints of corruption against him. Singla was immediately thereafter arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.
The Police arrested Vijay Singla shortly after he was sacked from the state cabinet on corruption charges by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday, according to an official source. Singla will remain under police remand for three days till May 27
According to India Ahead’s source, Singla was demanding Rs 1.6 crore on a project worth Rs 58 crore. His route of money transfer was his personal assistant Pradeep Kumar.
The CMO said that concrete evidence was found against Singla. “For the second time in the history of the country, a Chief Minister took strict action directly against his minister,” claimed the Punjab CM Office in a statement.
Police have been directed to register a case against him. “I am taking strict action against the minister. I am removing him from the cabinet,” Mann said in a video message. Mann further claimed that Singla had admitted to wrongdoings.
Earlier, in the year 2015, Delhi Chief Minister had sacked one of his ministers in a corruption case, added the Punjab CMO. “People have formed the government of Aam Aadmi Party with great expectations, and it is our duty to live up to that expectation,” said Mann.
He further said that as long as “mother India has sons like Arvind Kejriwal and soldiers like Bhagwant Mann, the great war against corruption will continue”.
“Arvind Kejriwal had made a promise that we would uproot corruption. There is no place for 1 per cent corruption,” he said.
Asserting that the AAP government has zero-tolerance towards corruption, Mann pointed out that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also removed his food and supplies minister in 2015 and handed over the case to the CBI.
“I will not tolerate corruption of a single rupee. We want to turn Punjab into a corruption-free state” Mann asserted.
The Punjab Chief Minister said some parties will now point out that one of the AAP ministers was found involved in corruption within just two months, but then “it is I who is taking action”.
Vijay Singla, 52, was elected MLA from the Mansa seat. He had defeated Punjabi singer and Congress candidate Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also called Sidhu Moosewala.
Singla is a dental surgeon. The Aam Aadmi Party had bagged 92 of the 117 seats in Punjab, decimating the Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bahujan Samaj Party combine, and the BJP-Punjab Lok Congress-SAD (Sanyukt) alliance in the 2022 state assembly polls.
(With PTI, ANI Inputs)