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SC refuses to stay Amarinder Singh's expulsion from assembly

October 03, 2008 17:56 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the expulsion of former chief minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh from the state assembly.

A bench headed by Justice B N Agrawal, however, stayed the state assembly's decision asking Election Commission to declare Singh's assembly seat as vacant.

The former chief minister was expelled from the House after a resolution was passed on the basis of the report of a special committee, which was appointed by the Punjab assembly to probe the Amritsar [Images] land scam.

The committee, in its report, had held Amarinder guilty in the scam and had recommended registration of the FIR and allowed his custodial interrogation along with others.

Singh was expelled for the remaining term of the 13th Assembly Sabha and his seat was declared as vacant.

The 66-year-old Congress leader, who represents the Patiala constituency, was indicted by a special committee of the Assembly for alleged irregularities in exempting 32.10 acres of land for private development in Amritsar during his tenure as chief minister.

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