ED seeks record of accused in 1,178-crore farm equipment rip-off in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 23
Officers and others answerable for the Rs 1,178-crore crop residue administration (CRM) equipment rip-off appear to be in for bother. Sources mentioned the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought from the Director, Agriculture, an inventory of officers and personal individuals who’re allegedly concerned within the rip-off.
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Other than that, the ED has sought particulars of any departmental inquiry carried out towards officers.
The ED has additionally requested the division whether or not it or any particular person had filed any FIR when the rip-off surfaced. Apart from, the central company has sought paperwork associated to the rip-off beneath Part 54 of the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act. Director, Agriculture, Gurvinder Singh mentioned the federal government had carried out an inquiry into the case, particulars of which might be supplied to the ED.
Agri Director requested if probe was held
Sources mentioned the ED has sought from the Director, Agriculture, particulars of any departmental inquiry carried out towards officers.
The ED has additionally requested whe ther the division or any particular person had filed an FIR when the rip-off surfaced
Director, Agriculture, Gurvinder Singh mentioned the federal government had carried out an inquiry, particulars of which might be supplied to the ED on the earliest
Considerably, whereas in workplace, former Agriculture Minister Randeep Singh Nabha in a letter to the Prime Minister blew the lid off the rip-off which occurred beneath his personal authorities.
He had demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Nabha had alleged Rs 1,178 crore was spent over the span of 4 years on the acquisition of equipment to determine banks for CRM by the Centre. However no equipment banks could possibly be traced on floor and the subsidy was allegedly embezzled.
Following that the ED began investigation into the matter beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act and sought file from the state Agriculture Division concerning the rip-off. In a letter written to Director, Agriculture, on June 14, the ED has pulled up agriculture officers
for not supplying the knowledge as effectively.