Even as two more fake ‘demi-official letters’ of the chief secretary have surfaced, police investigation into the transfer racket being run in Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in his name remains slow.
Chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal has given police a time frame to bust the network, but they haven’t questioned anyone in 15 days, so far. The PSPCL management also is in trouble since the chief minister’s office found out that it shuffled officials in Bathinda based on one of the fake letters. Sources said a chief engineer at the PSPCL headquarters and a subdivisional officer (SDO) were in soup over the transfer of additional superintending engineer Hardeep Singh Sidhu from Bathinda to Fazilka in the first week of March on “a demi-official (DO) letter from the chief secretary” that mentioned corruption and other charges against the official.
Police, so far, have only asked for the files concerned and not interrogated any PSPCL official. Sources in the corporation said two more fake DO letters had surfaced during the scrutiny of record and a team had been formed to look into it. Civil Lines station house officer (SHO) Gursher Singh confirmed that police had collected some documents. “I have joined recently, he said, adding: “We are in process of summoning officials to record their statements. Senior officers are monitoring the case regularly and, hopefully, it will be solve in another few days.”
Patiala’s Civil Lines police have registered this case under Sections 465 (punishment for forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using a forged document as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).