Accused sent to judicial custody
Uma is one of the 11 accused booked in the scam
■ SAS NAGAR: The local court has sent Uma Saini, one of the accused in the infamous citrus council scam, to judicial custody.
Uma is wife of Vipin Kumar Saini, who owned one of the fake firms to which the funds of the citrus council were siphoned off.
She is one of the 11 accused booked by the police in the scam. The police have already filed a chargesheet in the court in this regard.
The 87-crore scam had come to light in March 2010 after over 20,000 official documents were procured under the RTI Act by a Ludhiana-based NGO, Resurgence India.
The chargesheet named sacked chief executive officer (CEO) Vikramjit Singh Chimni, senior manager Aikom Singh Dhillon and assistant general manager Gurpreet Singh Nain, who were accused of siphoning off several crores to fake firms by generating bogus bills.
Among those against whom the challan was filed included Chimni, his close aides Dhillon and Nain, Sirat Dhillon, wife of Aikom Singh Dhillon, Madhumita Nain, wife of Gurpreet Singh Nain, Navjot Singh (already dead), Yogesh Dutta, Rajinder Singh, Vipin Kumar Saini and his wife Uma Saini and Gurdas Malik.
The Punjab police had booked the accused under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security and will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120-B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The accused were also booked under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.