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Ranike Rip-off: Punjab government shifts probe to vigilance bureau

The Punjab government on Thursday handed over the entire investigations into the embezzlement of fake rural grants and border area development grants worth over Rs 2.5 crore to the state vigilance bureau.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 14, 2012 11:34 IST
Vishal Rambani

The Punjab government on Thursday handed over the entire investigations into the embezzlement of fake rural grants and border area development grants worth over Rs 2.5 crore to the state vigilance bureau (VB).


Hindustan Times had reported a series of stories on how the rural and the border area development grants were embezzled and shown as disbursed in several villages of Attari block in Amritsar district.

"Taking cognisance of the seriousness of the matter and to ensure transparency and accountability in the state administration, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal decided to entrust the inquiry in scam to the state vigilance bureau (VB)", said an official spokesperson.

"The investigation has been transferred from the Punjab police to the VB to ensure that the investigation is conducted in a free, impartial and transparent manner," a spokesman of the chief minister's office (CMO) said here on Thursday.

The investigation would be personally supervised by chief vigilance director Suresh Arora.

Suresh had been asked to submit the complete investigation report within four weeks, said an official adding that "CM reiterated that the law of the land will take its own course and any person found guilty in the case will not be spared."

In all, two different cases has been registered in this regard, but there has not been any breakthrough in the investigations so far.

Police failed to take the cases to any logical conclusion, even the first FIR was registered way back in May 2011.

FIR no 175, dated 22-5-2012 under sections 406, 409, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B, and FIR no 285 dated 25-6-2012 under sections 406, 409, 419, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B has been registered at civil lines police station, Amritsar.

Minister's personal assistant Sarbhdyal Singh who has been booked as the main accused in FIR no 285 is presently on a look out notice.