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Raid on resort owned by Badal's son
July 13, 2003 20:37 IST
Continuing their search of properties owned by former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family members, the Vigilance Bureau on Sunday raided a resort owned by his son and Rajya Sabha member Sukhbir Singh Badal in Gurgaon, Haryana.
The VB sleuths, who were accompanied by engineers of the Public Works Department (Building and Roads) and Revenue Department officers, searched the premises spread over 17 acres.
The engineers and architects accompanying the sleuths took measurements of the premises.
The sleuths could commence their work only after 1400 IST, five hours after reaching the resort, following an argument with Sukhbir's counsel, who asked the officials to obtain a court order for filming and photographing the event, as they had done before filming the raid on the Rajya Sabha MP's house in Chandigarh recently.
Later, the officials were allowed entry only after they showed their identity cards and frisked by the resort's guards.
A Haryana police team led by a Deputy Superintendent of Police also checked the bona fides of the team, led by Superintendent of Police Jagdish Singh Kahlon.
A large number of Akali Dal workers, who had come from Punjab, burnt effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in protest against the raids.
Amarinder Singh had recently told newspersons in Chandigarh they would be briefed twice a week about the searches to prove their transparent nature.
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