April 2, 2023

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A month after Bhagwant Mann’s warning, an ex-minister is arrested for corruption.

Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, a senior Congress leader and former Punjab minister, was arrested early this morning on corruption charges, according to officials.

The state’s Vigilance Bureau arrested the Amarinder Singh government’s Social Welfare and Forest Minister in Amloh.

This follows the arrest last week of district forest officer Guramanpreet Singh and contractor Harminder Singh Hummy, who allegedly provided details of alleged wrongdoings in the forest department when Mr Dharamsot was the minister.

According to sources, the bureau has also arrested journalist Kamaljit Singh, a close associate of the Congress leader.

In April, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann threatened action against the former minister.

Last month, Mr Mann fired Punjab Health Minister Vijay Singla from the state cabinet on a corruption charge, claiming that his government has “zero tolerance” for corruption.

Mr Singla was said to be demanding a 1% commission on tenders. In the 2022 state assembly elections, the party won 92 of the 117 seats in Punjab, decimating the Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, and the BJP-Punjab Lok Congress-SAD (Sanyukt) alliance.

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