The various layers of the recently unearthed Amritsar Improvement Trust scam have started unfolding with the initiative taken by Punjab Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and the probe in the matter has been handed over to the Amritsar police after the departmental inquiry.
Talking to media persons here, Mr. Sidhu said that the initial probe got underway from the three bank accounts in which there was an inkling of a scam to the tune of Rs. 2-3 crore. However, on being probed by the departmental officers the net has widened to 70 bank accounts and now there is a possibility of the siphoning of approximately Rs. 80 crore.
He disclosed that the departmental officials allegedly involved in the scam transferred money out of the Governmental accounts in the name of their relatives and the scam remained under wraps for want of any departmental audit.
Mr. Sidhu added that on the basis of the probe headed by the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Department Sudip Singh Manak, the police has registered a case against E.O. Arvind Sharma, E.O. D.C. Garg, E.O. Paramjit Singh, DCFA Daman Bhalla, Tina Vohra, C.A. Sanjay Kapoor and Bill Clerk Satnam Singh. The minister further said that all the alleged wrongdoers would be suspended and chargesheeted. He made it absolutely clear that any person found guilty in the scam would not be spared at all, whether any leader or officer all guilty would have to face the law. The minister also said that full freedom has been given to the police to investigate the matter minutely so as to put those persons behind the bars who have looted public money.
He made it absolutely clear that any person found guilty in the scam would not be spared at all, whether any leader or officer, all guilty would have to face the law. The minister also said that full freedom has been given to the police to investigate the matter minutely so as to put those persons behind the bars who have looted public money.
Mr. Sidhu further revealed that the CA of the department never cared to probe the scam inspite of the fact that the government auditor raised 631 objections on the works carried out by these people. “This might be the biggest improvement trust scam till date in which so gross loot of the public money might have been indulged in,” he charged.
Announcing to put a stop to such scams in future, Mr. Sidhu said that third party audit of all the trusts would be carried out mandatorily. “The works done by the Local Government Department during the previous period have been accomplished at more cost than Chandigarh and Haryana and in the process, the department has been the loser”. He further informed that the matter pertaining to irregularities in the installation work of highest Tricolour the wagah border had also come to light and it is being probed. The minister said that he is not afraid of those indulging in loot of the Punjab and would take the fight to its logical conclusion.
He added that the matter pertaining to irregularities in the installation work of highest Tricolour the Wagah border had also come to light and was being probed.