2 millers amongst 5 convicted in Rs 8-crore Ferozepur paddy rip-off
Moga, September 23
13 years after the notorious Rs 8-crore paddy rip-off was unearthed at Ferozepur, a neighborhood court docket has sentenced 5 accused, together with two rice millers, to three-year imprisonment whereas acquitting 4 individuals for lack of proof.
Former District Meals and Provides Controller (DFSC) Sukhdev Singh had throughout the bodily verification of the inventory discovered two lakh luggage of paddy lacking at Noor Rice Mill in Kasu Begu village. These had been reportedly illegally bought at Dharamkot and Jaito. The lacking paddy belonged to Pungrain, a state-owned meals procurement company.
The DFSC instantly lodged an FIR on the Ferozepur (Rural) police station towards rice millers Inder Neel Singh and Satwinder Singh and their associates Sukhdev Singh, Gurbhej Singh, Jora Singh, Manjit Singh, Mangal Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Kirpal Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Balwinder Singh and some others.
Apparently, throughout the investigation, the police implicated the DFSC and some different officers of the Meals and Civil Provides Division within the case.
Suspecting the doubtful function of the police, the state authorities handed over the investigation to the Crime Department. It gave a clear chit to the DFSC and his subordinates. The court docket discharged them within the case on Might 19, 2017.
As many as 4 subsequent challans had been introduced within the court docket towards all different accused.
Two accused — Kuldeep Singh and Balwinder Singh — died throughout the course of the trial.
The court docket of Dr Jasveer Singh, JMIC (First Class), whereas agreeing to the arguments put forth by the prosecution convicted Inder Neel Singh, Satwinder Singh, Sukhdev Singh (not the DFSC), Gurbhej Singh and Jora Singh to three-year imprisonment whereas the alleged co-accused Manjit Singh, Mangal Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Kirpal Singh have been acquitted of the fees beforehand framed towards them.
The court docket in its order said, “After going by means of the proof produced by the prosecution, this court docket is of the view that it’s proved on report that accused Satwinder Singh in felony conspiracy together with accused Inder Neel Singh, Gurbhej Singh, Jora Singh and Sukhdev Singh has dedicated offences beneath Sections 406, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPC. Nevertheless, the prosecution has miserably did not carry on report any direct connection of Manjit Singh, Mangal Singh, Kirpal Singh and Lakhwinder Singh within the felony conspiracy. Subsequently, the good thing about doubt is given to all these accused.”