Mohali, Jul 27 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and 17 others were today acquitted of charges of corruption in the transfer of land to a private developer in a decade-old case. Also Read - SRH Mystery Girl Kavya Maran's Heartbroken Pictures go Viral on Social Media After RCB Beat SRH in IPL 2021 Game

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Mohali Special Judge Jaswinder Singh accepted the closure report filed by the state’s Vigilance Bureau (VB) while clearing the 18 accused of wrongdoing in the transfer of 32.10 acre of Amritsar Improvement Trust’s prime land to a private developer. Also Read - Maharashtra SSC, HSC Board Exams 2021: State Govt To Review CBSE's Decision To Cancel Class 10 Exam, Says Varsha Gaikwad

The Vigilance Bureau had registered the case against them in 2008 on the recommendation of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Amarinder Singh, who was present in the court along with the other accused, welcomed the verdict as a “victory of truth and said justice had prevailed.

“It was political vendetta as the VB had acted on the directions of its then political masters,” he said, in an apparent reference to then Akali Dal-BJP government.

He ruled out any action against the concerned Vigilance Bureau officers.

The VB had filed a cancellation report before the Special Court in Mohali in October 2016. It had also sought the discharge of all the accused in the case.

The bureau had submitted that “neither any malafide nor any offence had been committed .

Also, no incriminating evidence to prove the charges whatsoever levelled had come to the fore during the fresh investigation of the case,” it told the court.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.