A Panchkula municipal corporation building inspector has gone missing under mysterious circumstances, along with an important file pertaining to an ongoing case involving an advertising firm, which is listed for hearing on Friday.
The MC official, Sanjeev Kumar, had gone to the advocate general’s office to get an affidavit vetted on Tuesday.
He neither reported back to the office nor went to his house. His family tried to contact him, but his phone remained unreachable.
Meanwhile, Sanjeev’s motorcycle was found in the parking area of the Punjab and Haryana high court. A missing-person report has been lodged at the Sector-3 police station in Chandigarh.
MC executive officer Manendra Singh has also written to Panchkula deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Anil Kumar Dhawan to look into the matter. The letter sent to the DCP reads: “It would be a pecuniary loss to the municipal corporation if the said official is not traced. The corporation may bear a loss of around `1.5 crore.”
DCP Dhawan said cops had started looking for the inspector.
The missing file
The official document being carried by Sanjeev Kumar pertained to the firm Outdoor Communications that had bagged the advertising rights for unipoles, bus shelters and gantries in prime locations of Panchkula for five years in 2009. EO Manendra Singh said the contract was later extended by the municipal corporation. However, due to a dispute, the contract was terminated. Manendra Singh said the company owes around `1.5 crore to the civic body.