Rs 50-lakh scam: MC digs out electricity pipes in Sec 17

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2015 11:32 IST

The Rs 50-lakh pipe scam which dates back to 2006 has taken a new turn with UT vigilance department asking municipal corporation (MC) officials to dig out the floor of Sector 17 plaza to check the quality of the pipes used to lay electrical cables, and to take measurement of the pipes to unearth the scam.

In this scam, pipes worth lakhs of rupees were said to have been sold to junk dealers in connivance with the electrical wing of the civic body and a contractor in 2006.

UT vigilance DSP JL Meena along with other officials reached Sector 17 plaza on Monday and directed the MC to dig out the floor.

The department had received complaint in regards to the same in 2006 following which the pipes, which were sold to a junk dealer, were seized and kept at industrial area police station.
Investigation was carried out but the vigilance failed to get any clue to ascertain if the pipes were the same that had been used in Sector 17 plaza, said sources, adding that the vigilance department had also filed a closure report showing its helplessness to prove the allegations even though the pipes had been recovered from the possession of junk dealers.

Sources added the pipes were found to be of the same quality that was laid down in plaza so the vigilance team has started probing the role of MC officials.

However, the court did not accept the vigilance report and directed the DSP to conduct an inquiry to find out the role of MC officials (electrical wing) and contractors.

In the fresh probe, the vigilance has already taken the samples of the pipes laid at plaza and the name of the company was jotted down to verify the pipes that had been recovered in 2006 from a junk dealer.

DSP (Vigilance) JL Meena told HT they had taken the samples from different places to find out role of MC officials. “We can’t reveal case details as it will hamper the probe,”he said. He added that the fresh probe had been initiated on court directions.

Kuldeep Singh, SDO (electrical wing), who was also present at Sector 17, said he was called by the vigilance department to assist in the investigation.

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