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High-level inquiry into scam by PA of cabinet minister

punjab Updated: Jun 28, 2012 15:23 IST
Punjab cabinet minister

After unearthing an alleged scam of Rs 1.45 crore by a personal assistant of Punjab cabinet minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, authorities on Wedneday, ordered a high-level inquiry into government grants sanctioned for developmental purposes in the district during 2011-12.

Deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal ordered the inquiry by a team of three officials, headed by additional deputy commissioner (development) Sandeep Rishi.

An FIR has already been registered against PA Sarabdayal Singh and many others, including the staff of Bank of Maharashtra and ICICI under various sections of IPC. However, no one had been arrested so far.

Inspector Sukhwinder Singh Randhawa, SHO of civil lines police station, told UNI that raids were on to nab the accused.

Rishi, when contacted, said the embezzlement of government funds of Rs 1.45 crore came to light after a thorough probe by the district development project officer Gurpartap Singh Nagra. Following the reports of misuse of government money released in 2011 before the assembly elections in 12 villages of Attari assembly segment.

Rishi said in a thorough inquiry, it was found that the PA allegedly opened number of bank accounts in the name of fake sarpanches and later encashed Rs 1.45 crore. Also, a fake report was submitted to the deputy commissioner of Amritsar that the money had been spent on developmental projects in Attari constituency.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the city in January 2012 had also alleged that government funds sent for development were not properly utilised.