Ex-minister, IAS officer, 10 others booked for switch of 25-acre plot for township
Chandigarh, January 5
The Vigilance Bureau on Thursday registered a case in opposition to former minister Sunder Sham Arora, IAS officer Neelima, apart from 10 authorities officers/officers for the switch/bifurcation of an industrial plot to an actual property firm and for permitting it to determine a township by slicing plots.
Three homeowners/companions of Gulmohar Township Personal Restricted have additionally been booked. The VB has registered a case below 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 Punjab State Industrial Growth Company (PSIDC), Neelima and former minister, apart from three administrators of Gulmohar Township.
- In 2021, then Industries Minister Sundar Sham Arora had forwarded a letter to the then MD of the PSIDC from Gulmohar Township for additional bifurcation of business plots
- The MD arrange a panel that allegedly accepted the proposal to bifurcate plots — from 12 plots to 125 — with out paying attention to proposal report, mission report, articles of affiliation and memorandum of affiliation
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 VB spokesperson mentioned aiming to advertise the trade, the Punjab Authorities had allotted 25 acres to Anand Lamps Restricted by means of a sale deed in 1987 which was later transferred to a agency named Signify Improvements. This plot was then offered to Gulmohar Township by means of a sale deed by Signify Improvements after procuring a no objection certificates from the PSIDC. On March 17, 2021, then Industries and Commerce Minister Sundar Sham Arora had forwarded a letter to the then MD of the PSIDC obtained 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, government director; Ankur Chaudhary, Property Officer; Bhai Sukhdeep Singh Sidhu, Davinderpal Singh, GM, Personnel; Tejveer Singh (deceased), DTP; JS Bhatia, chief normal supervisor (planning); Ashima Aggarwal, ATP (planning); Parminder Singh, government engineer; Rajat, DA, and Sandeep Singh, SDE.
The committee headed by SP Singh had accepted the proposal of the agency to bifurcate plots, from 12 plots to 125, with out taking discover of proposal report, mission report, articles of affiliation and memorandum of affiliation. The mentioned committee had advisable the proposal of Gulmohar Township with out consulting Punjab Air pollution Management Board, Municipal Company, Electrical energy Board, Forest Division, State Fireplace Brigade and so forth.
Throughout investigation by the Forensic Science Laboratory, it has additionally been discovered that two pages of the noting on file didn’t match with the remainder of the pages connected within the file. It was discovered that the above mentioned committee members have connected faux paperwork and didn’t scrutinise the mentioned software/proposal.
The spokesperson additional added that based on the deed of 1987, this plot was for use for industrial functions solely and the mentioned Gulmohar Township has no such background. He added that based on the principles 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 connected pay order of Rs 27,83,000 with the appliance 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 in the course of the probe, it was discovered that if this plot was to be offered as per the directions/guidelines of the state authorities, the federal government would have gotten an revenue 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 have been demanded from any purchaser and offered 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 present unfair benefit to the homeowners/administrators of Gulmohar Township Firm — Jagdeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Rakesh Kumar Sharma.