Ex-minister Arora below scanner for allotment of business plots

Ex-minister Arora below scanner for allotment of business plots

Tribune Information Service

Ruchika M Khanna

Chandigarh, September 21

Former Business Minister Sunder Sham Arora, who left the Congress to hitch the BJP after AAP got here to energy, is now below the scanner for his alleged position within the “irregularities” within the allotment of business plots of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Company (PSIEC), together with the public sale of business land, which was earlier allotted to the JCT.

Although the previous minister appeared earlier than the Vigilance Bureau in a separate case

of disproportionate property, sources within the authorities stated his position within the Rs 1,500-crore land allotment rip-off of the PSIEC would even be probed. Although the VB had earlier probed this case and submitted its report in 2018, an officers’ committee constituted later had absolved all these discovered responsible within the land allotment rip-off.

When AAP was within the Opposition within the final Vidhan Sabha, it had raised the difficulty of business plots being withdrawn from auctions by officers of the PSIEC on the final minute and these have been later allotted to relations/associates of the officers. Arora was reportedly additionally questioned by VB sleuths on this problem at the moment.

Taking to The Tribune later, Arora stated although he was questioned by Vigilance officers on this regard, he had maintained that the difficulty was not regarding him and the irregularities in plot allotment had occurred earlier than his time period because the Business Minister. “I used to be summoned by the VB for having property disproportionate to my sources of revenue. I took alongside all papers relating to properties and different moveable and immoveable property owned by me. All these property are already declared in my affidavit filed earlier than the EC. I had taken a duplicate of my affidavit and submitted it to them. I additionally assured them of my cooperation in future,” he stated.

It’s learnt that the VB additionally sought nod of the federal government to look into the alleged irregularities within the public sale of 31 acres of prime industrial land in Mohali, which was initially allotted to the JCT.

Arora was additionally summoned by the Punjab Lokpal on this problem. Arora at the moment refused to touch upon the difficulty, saying the matter was sub judice.

Contractor grilled in irrigation rip-off

Gurinder Singh, the contractor within the multi-crore irrigation rip-off, was known as by the VB on Wednesday and questioned by sleuths as they re-started the probe. Sources stated the bureau would now problem summons to 2 former ministers — Janmeja Singh Sekhon and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, moreover three retired IAS officers.

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