The Punjab vigilance bureau on Friday registered an FIR against one senior clerk and two agents for the financial irregularities during the tenure of the then district transport officer Gurpreet Singh Thind, who is now Punjab civil services officer in Patiala.
District transport officer Rajesh Dhiman confirmed that the VB has registered an FIR against a senior clerk Sham Lal, who is now posted at Chandigarh, and two agents.
According to sources all officials from the peon to district transport officer (DTO), who were posted in Sangrur from January 2011 to December 2013, have come under the VB’s scanner.
The DTO, however, refused to disclose the reason behind the FIR and the names of the private agents involved in the alleged multi-crore scam saying, “I joined the office in February, the issue dates back before my joining. How can I tell you the name, but I came to know on Saturday that an FIR has been lodged.”
“I have not seen the copy of the FIR yet, for more details you can contact the officer, who was posted as DTO Sangrur at that time”, he added.
When HT contacted Patiala DTO Punjab Civil Services Gurpreet Singh Thind, who was the then Sangrur DTO, he denied all allegations of corruption at the transport office during his tenure.
After repeated attempts DSP (VB) Sangrur Pritipal Singh said, “I cannot tell you anything, better you contact vigilance headquarter for more information.”
Though VB officials are tightlipped on the matter, sources said they have found out that during the auction of VIP vehicle numbers, the DTO staff used to buy them at throwaway prices and would use them on Tata Nano cars and sell them at higher prices because of being fancy numbers. Names of politicians were used to procure these VIP numbers.
It also came to the fore that officials and agents were handin-glove in registering vehicles from other states for low prices to save on tax amount.