Former Punjab minister Sunder Sham Arora, IAS officer Neelima, 10 others booked in plot switch case

Former Punjab minister Sunder Sham Arora, IAS officer Neelima, 10 others booked in plot switch case



Tribune Information Service

Chandigarh January 5

The Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Thursday registered a case in opposition to former minister Sunder Sham Arora, IAS officer Neelima, in addition to 10 authorities officers/officers for the switch/bifurcation of an industrial plot to an actual property firm and permitting it to determine township by carving out plots.

On this case, three house owners/companions of Gulmohar Township Non-public Restricted have additionally been booked. The VB has registered a case underneath Sections 13 (1) (a), 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and 409, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of the IPC on the VB police station in Mohali, Punjab, in opposition to all talked about accused officers/officers of committee members of the PSIDC, Neelima and former minister, in addition to three administrators of Gulmohar Township.

The VB has arrested seven officers of the PSIDC, which incorporates Ankur Chaudhary, Property Officer; Davinderpal Singh, GM, Personnel; JS Bhatia, Chief Common Supervisor (Planning); Ashima Aggarwal, ATP (Planning); Parminder Singh, Govt Engineer; Rajat Kumar, DA; and Sandeep Singh, SDE; for conniving with one another to supply undue profit to the agency.

A spokesperson for the VB mentioned aiming to advertise the business, the Punjab Authorities had allotted 25 acres to Anand Lamps Restricted via a sale deed in 1987 which was later transferred to a agency named Signify Improvements. This plot was then bought to Gulmohar Township via a sale deed by Signify Improvements after procuring a no objection certificates from the Punjab State Industrial Improvement Company (PSIDC). On March 17, 2021, then Industries and Commerce Minister Sundar Sham Arora had forwarded a letter to the then MD of the PSIDC acquired from Gulmohar Township for additional bifurcation of plots.

He mentioned the MD had constituted a departmental committee to look at the proposal of this realtor agency which included SP Singh, govt director; Ankur Chaudhary, Property Officer; Bhai Sukhdeep Singh Sidhu, Davinderpal Singh, GM, Personnel; Tejveer Singh (deceased), DTP; JS Bhatia, chief common supervisor (planning); Ashima Aggarwal, ATP (planning); Parminder Singh, govt engineer; Rajat, DA, and Sandeep Singh, SDE.

The committee headed by SP Singh had authorized the proposal of the agency to bifurcate plots from 12 plots to 125 plots with out taking discover of proposal report, mission report, articles of affiliation and memorandum of affiliation. The mentioned committee had beneficial the proposal of Gulmohar Township with out consulting Punjab Air pollution Management Board, Municipal Company, Electrical energy Board, Forest Division, State Hearth Brigade and many others.

Throughout investigation by the Forensic Science Laboratory, it has additionally been discovered that two pages of the noting on file did not match with the remainder of the pages hooked up within the file. It was discovered that the above mentioned committee members have hooked up pretend paperwork and did not scrutinise the mentioned utility/proposal completely.

The spokesperson additional added that in response to the deed of 1987, this plot was for use for industrial functions solely and the mentioned Gulmohar Township has no such background.

He additional added that in response to the foundations of the PSIDC, the payment for plots was to be charged on the price of Rs 20 per yard and Rs 3 per 12 months from 1987, which was a complete payment of Rs 1,51,25,000 for a complete of 1,21,000 sq. yards. It was astonishing that the accused agency had already hooked up pay order of Rs 27,83,000 with the applying whereas nobody from the PSIDC had demanded it. Because of this, the Punjab Authorities has incurred a monetary lack of Rs 1,23,42,000.

He mentioned throughout the probe, it was discovered that if this plot was to be bought as per the directions/guidelines of the state authorities, the federal government would have gotten an earnings of 600 to 700 crore. On the time of sale of 125 plots by Gulmohar Township, no proposal report, mission report, articles of affiliation and memorandum of affiliation had been demanded from any purchaser and bought all plots illegally.

He knowledgeable that by doing this, the above committee members, together with Neelima, then MD and former minister Sundar Sham Arora colluded with one another and misused their official positions to provide unfair benefit to the house owners/administrators of Gulmohar Township Firm — Jagdeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Rakesh Kumar Sharma.

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