Chandigarh, 18 August(Wishav Warta): With a view to probe irregularities in allotment of tenders in the irrigation department, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has registered a criminal case against Gurinder Singh contractor and four senior officers of the department including two retirees. The VB teams have conducted searches at various places for investigation purposes as the contractor have amassed huge wealth and acquired more than 30 properties worth Rs. 100 crores illegally in Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Patiala and Noida.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of state VB said that in this case Gulshan Nagpal, XEN; Paramjit Singh Ghuman, Chief Engineer (Retd.); Bajrang Lal Singla, XEN; Harvinder Singh, Chief Engineer (Retd.); Kaminder Singh Deol, SDO (Retd.); Gurdev Singh Minah, Chief Engineer (Redt.); Vimal Kumar Sharma, Supervisor and some other Officers/Engineers/Officials of Irrigation department, Punjab Govt. have been found to have misused their official positions in criminal conspiracy with Gurinder Singh, Contractor for causing defalcation of Govt. funds and for causing huge financial loss to the State Govt. He said a case FIR No. 10 dated 17.8.2017 under sections 13(1) d r/w 13(2) PC Act – 1988 and 406, 420, 467, 468, 471, 477-A and 120-B of IPC has been registered at Police Station Vigilance Bureau, Flying Squad-I, S.A.S.Nagar (Mohali) against Gurinder Singh, Contractor and above mentioned officers/officials of Irrigation department.
During January 2017, just before imposition of election code of conduct, two major works were allotted to Gurinder Singh, Contractor on agreement bases by deleting some important clauses in gross violation of rules/regulations. It has also came to notice that transfers/postings of senior officers in the department were being ordered at the behest of Gurinder Singh, Contractor.He informed that to weed out the corrupt practices the role of concerned senior bureaucrats of Punjab, who were heading the department at that time, would also be probed thoroughly during the investigation of the case.