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3 weeks after win, case of illegal mining against MLA cancelled 

Jalandhar: Three weeks after he won the Shahkot Assembly byelection on May 31, an FIR for illegal mining lodged against Congress leader Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia at Mehatpur police station has been cancelled by the Jalandhar (Rural) police.Laddi was booked on May 4 under Section 21 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and Section 379 (theft) of the IPC by the then Mehatpur SHO, Inspector Parminder Bajwa. The FIR was filed just a day after he had been officially declared as the party candidate for the May 28 bypoll.Mehatpur SHO Sulakhan Singh, who joined on June 5, said he had filed the cancellation report and sent it to Shahkot DSP Dilbagh Singh, who was also the inquiry officer in the case. The DSP said he had approved the cancellation.SSP (Rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “We got a thorough inquiry done by the officials, including the SDM and Tehsildar of Shahkot. Since elections were on at the time, they had even taken videography teams along to the 11 villages from where complaints regarding illegal sand mining had emerged against Laddi. But nothing came out. Nothing illegal was found at any of the sites. The FIR was found to be baseless and hence we started the process of cancellation.”

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