Even as the municipal corporation (MC) of Chandigarh has stopped giving permission for booking of display stalls in city, a Sector 45-based event management agency has been minting money by issuing fake receipts of permission.
Worse, though the enforcement department of MC has been getting complaints against such display stalls, no action has been taken. It was only after HT took up the matter with the MC officials that they assured to verify the matter on Monday and lodge an FIR against the agency if the receipts were found fake.
It is learnt that New Concept Media, an event management firm based in Sector 45, has 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 the fee.
The agency has been blatantly charging Rs 6,300 per day for the fake permission, even as the MC stopped giving permission for display stalls in November last year. In the display stalls, agencies display vehicles, mobile phones or any other newly launched item.
As per a complaint, the agency issued fake receipts of permission for displaying Hyundai cars in Sector 8-C on January 25.
On February 4, the same company gave permission for display of Renault cars in Sector 46, Chandigarh. In the case, a complaint was lodged with the enforcement department, but no action was taken.
When this correspondent went to verify the receipt with MC’s record, it was found to be fake.
MC enforcement inspector Nirmal Singh said, “We got a complaint on February 4 regarding the display of a car in Sector 46, but when we went to the spot, no car was there.”
Whereas, as per the complainant, Singh found the car on the spot, but told his seniors that it was displayed with permission.
When contacted, the firm’s managing director, Aman Sharma, said, “Nobody has the power to register an FIR against me,” before banging down the phone.
MC additional commissioner Sarita Malik said the matter would be investigated on Monday and if the receipts were found fake, an FIR would be registered against the company. email@example.com