Realtor ‘stings’ forest officers
Chandigarh, Might 27
The tussle between the Punjab Forest Division and MD of WWICS Group of Corporations and realtor Lt Col BS Sandhu (retd), who has been just lately booked for illegally carving out farmhouses in violation of forest legal guidelines, has reached the Chief Minister’s Workplace.
- Devinder Singh Sandhu, son of realtor Lt Col BS Sandhu’s (retd), claimed DFO approached him for not registering an FIR towards them
- He claimed DFO sought financial advantages whereas facilitating sale of farmhouse websites on land below query. Video’s contents are but to be verified
The son of Lt Col Sandhu, Devinder Singh Sandhu, in a grievance lodged on the CM’s anti-corruption helpline on Thursday towards forest officers tagged a purported video of Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Mohali, Guramanpreet Singh made by a sting operation at a personal workplace in Mohali on April 27. Sandhu claimed the DFO approached him for not registering the FIR towards them. The FIR was lodged towards his father and chairman of the corporate on Might 9, however Devinder’s identify is but to be added.
Forest Minister Lal Chand Kataruchak mentioned earlier than continuing additional, the video had been despatched to the forensic laboratory for verification. The video created a buzz with high authorities functionaries in search of particulars of the case from forest officers.
Yesterday, the division had carried out a demolition drive on 30 acres, which had been levelled after uprooting bushes to carve out farmhouses close to Masol village.
Although the contents of the video are but to be verified, the complainant has alleged the DFO was in search of financial advantages whereas facilitating sale of farmhouse websites on the land below query.
Devinder alleged the DFO had within the purported video referred to Conservator of Forests (CF), Shivalik Circle, Vishal Chauhan, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Hills, Mahavir Singh and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Parveen Kumar. Within the video, Harmohinder Singh “Hummy”, a contractor, can also be seen collaborating within the dialogue.
Denying the costs, the DFO mentioned Devinder had produced a doctored video. “I’ve lodged a grievance with the cyber cell to confirm its content material, he mentioned. CF Chauhan in his reply to the PCCF mentioned Lt Col Sandhu and his son had been hardened criminals and had lodged the grievance to divert the course of probe towards them by the division and to intimidate officers. He additional mentioned the grievance towards him and different officers had been misguided, misconceived and devoid of info.
In the meantime, Harsh Kumar, who can also be CCF, Hills, in a letter to Further Chief Secretary (Forests) Raji P Shrivastava has sought disciplinary motion towards the DFO. He has sought his switch out of Mohali in order that the matter might be totally probed. Kumar has additionally sought a proof from the DFO.