Further tightening the noose around suspended director, agriculture, Mangal Singh Sandhu, the Punjab Police on Monday evening set into motion the process of registering a case under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act against all suspects in the multi-crore spurious pesticide scam that has put the Parkash Singh Badal government on the back foot.
Immediately after receiving the damning administrative inquiry report from the chief minister’s office about this scam, this reference was examined by MS Gill, legal adviser to the police, who gave the opinion that keeping in view the startling revelations of serious administrative lapses pointed out in the report, a case under the PC Act should be registered, government sources told HT.
Now, it has been decided that the case under Section 13 (1-d) of the PC Act and under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code will be registered at the state crime police station, SAS Nagar. A fresh case will be registered against Sandhu and all members of the committee that had taken the decision to purchase pesticides without floating tenders and fulfilling necessary administrative obligations. Also, beneficiaries (private persons) of this multi-layered scam will be booked in the fresh FIR set to be lodged in SAS Nagar on Tuesday.
Sources say the inquiry report forwarded by the chief minister’s office on Monday to the police department was examined by a battery of key police officers, after which the decision to register another FIR was taken.