The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes has entrusted the vigilance bureau, Punjab, with the inquiry into the alleged denial of Rs 90-lakh stipend to four students from Amritsar by the social welfare department.
Commission chairman Rajesh Bagha said Amritsar students Manoj Kumar, Prabhjit Singh and two others had complained to the commission that the department asked for a bribe of Rs 10 lakh to release the stipend.
Bagha said the commission conducted an inquiry on its own, wherein the complaints were found true.
Thereafter, commission member and Punjab's former minister Dalip Singh Pandhi, former MLA Prakash Singh Garhdiwal and commission's member secretary Prithvi Chand decided that the probe be handed over to the VB. He added that the vigilance had been directed to conduct an inquiry and report back the matter within the next three months.