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Friends’ friend was in competition to steal

“Sunrise Enterprises” is another invisible firm from Sardulgarh that had filed the tender for the supply of books to libraries in the primary and upper primary government schools of Punjab.

punjab Updated: May 26, 2013 10:07 IST
Bharat Khanna

“Sunrise Enterprises” is another invisible firm from Sardulgarh that had filed the tender for the supply of books to libraries in the primary and upper primary government schools of Punjab.


Like “Friends Enterprises”, a fake company involved inthe R9.28-crore book scam, “Sunrise Enterprises” also does not exist on the ground. Holyfaith Int’l, Jalandhar; Brar Enterprises, Muktsar; and “Sunrise Enterprises”, Sardulgarh; had lost the contract to “Friends”.

On March 3, by the consent of state education minister Sikander Singh Maluka, the tender notice had appeared in a low-circulation newspaper; and on March 13, “Friends” was picked over “Sunrise” for offering 15% discount to Sunrise’s 14%. On paper, “Friends Enterprises’ also is from Sardulgarh, although this company as well is neither on the ground nor in the excise and taxation record of Mansa.

On paper, “Sunrise Enterprises” is near the Sardulgarh bus stand and a man named Navjot Singh is its owner. On paper, it came into existence on March 5, 2012, just two days after the tender notice appeared in the newspaper. Incidentally, Sunrise’s earnest money demand draft (205159) issued from ICICI Bank is numbered just one after that of Friends Enterprises’ (205158).

Navjot Singh, owner of “Sunrise Enterprises”, is a close friend of Kartar Singh of “Friends Enterprises” who won the contract for the supply of books to libraries, in the name a company that was actually Guru Nanak RCC Pipe Factory on the Sardulgarh-Ratia road before Saturday (May 25). Only on Friday, the Mansa excise and taxation officer (ETO) had approved the pending application to change the pipe factory’s name to “Friends”.

When told that Sunrise Enterprises was no-existent, Mansa ETO Devinder Kumar Singla said: “The company was earlier in existence but now it might be possible that the owner had closed it without informing us. We’ll cancel its licence and taxpayer identification number (TIN) issued by Sunday.”

Sunrise Enterprises’ owner Navjot Singh did not pick up the repeated telephone calls to his number.