Two days after HT highlighted that a Sector 45-based event management agency has been minting money by issuing fake permissions for display stalls, dealers of Hyundai and Renault admitted to have paid the agency for the permission.
Besides, having found the permissions to be bogus, the municipal corporation (MC) has lodged a police complaint against the agency, New Concept Media.
In its report, ‘Company making quick buck through fake permissions’ published on February 9, HT had reported that even as the MC had stopped giving permission for display stalls in November 2014, the agency had got an entire booklet published in connivance with staff of MC’s enforcement department and has been issuing fake permissions to various agencies, while pocketing `6,300 on each receipt. In the display stalls, agencies display vehicles, mobile phones or any other newly launched item.
On Tuesday, owners of Hyundai dealership in Chandigarh, in a written letter to the MC admitted that their car was displayed in Sector 8 on January 25 and a paid permission was taken through New Concept Media.
Similarly, cluster head of Renault in Chandigarh, Rajeev Handa said, “We have a contract with the said company for the past one year and pay them a monthly bill. The company gave us permission every time. On February 4, the same company gave permission for display of Renault cars in Sector 46.”
Speaking to HT, MC additional commissioner Sarita Malik said, “The permissions given by the agency are bogus. Therefore, we have lodged a police complaint against it. We are also probing the role of MC staff in this, and if anyone is found guilty, action will be initiated.”
On the other hand, New Concept Media managing director Aman Sharma admitted that both the display stalls were booked through him and the stalls were set up by his agency. But, he denied having issued any receipt to the companies, and claimed the receipts carrying his company’s name were not issued by him.
However, he admitted that permissions were given to the companies with the help of MC staff.