2 more cases against Gurdas Badal’s aide


Staff member
Abohar June 18:

There is more trouble for Satinder Singh alias Manta as two cases have been registered against him in local police stations in the sub-division during the past 48 hours. He is presently lodged in Patiala central jail.

Manta is an aide of Gurdas Badal, brother of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and father of People’s Party of Punjab supremo Manpreet Badal. Police sources said that a case against Manta was registered today in a city police station on the complaint of Raj Kumar, a resident of Rampura Phul town of Bathinda district, under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC.

Varinder Singh Brar, SP, Abohar, said that Raj Kumar in the complaint alleged that Manta had taken Rs 1.5 lakh from him to get him recruited as a peon in the Municipal Council, Abohar. Manta had reportedly taken this money in the canal rest house, Abohar, a few years ago. The deal had been struck at Rs 3 lakh.

He said that though Raj Kumar and his kin made several rounds to Rodanwali village to ask Manta to fulfil his promise, he gave them no satisfactory answer and hence, they lodged a police complaint. In the other case, Sachit Setia of Sappanwali village has alleged that Manta of Rohranwali village, Mandeep Singh of Tarmala village, Jaskaran Singh of Aalamkhera village and Kaka Hayer of Kala Tibba village had grabbed his agricultural land by forging revenue records.

The complaint had been enquired into by the Ferozepur range DIG through SSP Moga and orders for registering the case were issued by the SSP Ferozepur. The complaint was registered at Khuyiansarwar police station under Sections 420, 447, 465, 468 and 120B of the IPC on June 15. Earlier, Manta had been arrested by the Vigilance Bureau on the night of May 20 from his house, located in Rodanwali village of Muktsar district, for his alleged involvement in committing a fraud.

The case had been registered on the complaint of Major Singh, a resident of Rodanwali village, who had alleged that Manta and his father Gurmej Singh collected money from a section of the residents for the reconstruction of water courses in the village and later had embezzled the same. Both Gurdas Badal and Manpreet Badal had raised a lot of hue and cry over the arrest of Manta and had alleged that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had been behind the arrest.

SP Brar said that Manta was brought to Abohar from central jail, Patiala on a production warrant to arrest him in today’s case. However, when the police came to know that police authorities were bound to give him a seven-day notice before arrest in any case according to the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a seven-day notice was given to him. He said that Manta was sent back to Patiala central jail and would be arrested in today’s case after the expiry of the notice period.