Nod to recent probe into Irrigation Dept rip-off

Nod to recent probe into Irrigation Dept rip-off



Tribune Information Service

Chandigarh, September 15

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has given the nod for a recent inquiry by the Vigilance Bureau (VB) into the function of two former Akali ministers and three former IAS officers within the multi-crore rip-off within the Irrigation Division in the course of the tenure of the SAD-BJP authorities.

Akali ex-ministers had been named in it

The names of former Akali ministers Janmeja Singh Sekhon and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and ex-IAS officers Sarvesh Kaushal, KBS Sidhu and Kahan Singh Pannu had surfaced within the rip-off.

Sources within the CMO stated the file signed by Mann had reached the workplace of Chief Secretary VK Janjua for vital motion. Janjua is claimed to have beneficial “additional follow-up” of the inquiry findings naming the officers and politicians.

The names cropped up in the course of the interrogation of the primary accused, contractor Gurinder Singh “Phapa”. The sources stated the VB beneficial that in gentle of “connection” between ministers and officers arising in the course of the inquiry, they is also approached for questioning.

The file quotes the contractor extensively, who made direct allegations in opposition to the ministers, their PAs and the officers for taking bribe. Phapa allegedly paid Rs 8.50 crore to 1 officer, Rs 5.50 crore to a different and Rs 7 crore to the third officer. Related funds had been made allegedly to ministers and theirs PAs.

The report quoted findings that the annual incomes of Phapa in 2006-2007 was Rs 4.74 crore, which went as much as over Rs 300 crore in 2016-2017. Tenders had been allotted to him at very excessive charges.





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