Punjab Vigilance registers case in irrigation scam

irrigation-scam-punjabChandigarh August 18 : With a view to probe irregularities in allotment of tenders in the irrigation department, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has registered a criminal case against Gurinder Singh contractor and four senior officers of the department including two retirees. The VB teams have conducted searches at various places for investigation purposes as the contractor have amassed huge wealth and acquired more than 30 properties worth Rs. 100 crores illegally in Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Patiala and Noida. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of state VB said that in this case Gulshan Nagpal, XEN; Paramjit Singh Ghuman, Chief Engineer (Retd.); Bajrang Lal Singla, XEN; Harvinder Singh, Chief Engineer (Retd.); Kaminder Singh Deol, SDO (Retd.); Gurdev Singh Minah, Chief Engineer (Redt.); Vimal Kumar Sharma, Supervisor and some other Officers/Engineers/Officials of Irrigation department, Punjab Govt. have been found to have misused their official positions in criminal conspiracy with Gurinder Singh, Contractor for causing defalcation of Govt. funds and for causing huge financial loss to the State Govt.
He said a case FIR No. 10 dated 17.8.2017 under sections 13(1) d r/w 13(2) PC Act – 1988 and 406, 420, 467, 468, 471, 477-A and 120-B of IPC has been registered at Police Station – Vigilance Bureau, Flying Squad-I, S.A.S.Nagar (Mohali) against Gurinder Singh, Contractor and above mentioned officers/officials of Irrigation department.
He further said that role of Pushpinder Garg, Chief Engineer, Canals, who is also Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of Irrigation department and who had filed complaints received against Gurinder Singh, Contractor without looking into the allegations thoroughly in connivance with him, would also be looked into during investigation. Similarly, role of other Contractors, Pushpinder Singh Sidhu and Khara Contractors, who had submitted false tenders in connivance with Gurinder Singh, Contractor would also be probed during investigation of the case. Giving more details the spokesperson said a vigilance enquiry no. 15 dated 30.6.2017, Chandigarh was registered by the Vigilance Bureau to look into the allegations of illegal allotment of multi crore projects of Irrigation department to a few favoured contractors by giving them extra leverage by ignoring prescribed conditions and providing tailor made conditions, by flouting all rules/regulations and causing loss to the tune of hundreds of crores to the State Exchequer by certain senior technocrats of Irrigation department.

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