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PSEB secy and 4 others booked for scam in school rooms’ construction

Police have booked suspended Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) secretary Gurinderpal Singh Bath and four others for cheating and under Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for involvement in an alleged Rs 20-crore scam in construction of rooms in state schools between May 2013 and February 2015.

punjab Updated: Nov 29, 2016 21:52 IST
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The board had received Rs 22.7 crore for the project and Bath, as the then chief engineer, had released Rs 19.6 crore against 13 bills, six of which contractor Rajneesh Singh had not signed.
The board had received Rs 22.7 crore for the project and Bath, as the then chief engineer, had released Rs 19.6 crore against 13 bills, six of which contractor Rajneesh Singh had not signed.(HT Representative Image)

Police have booked suspended Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) secretary Gurinderpal Singh Bath and four others for cheating and under Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for involvement in an alleged Rs 20-crore scam in construction of rooms in state schools between May 2013 and February 2015. The other accused are sub-divisional officers (SDOs) Ranjit Singh (civil) and Mann Singh (electrical); junior engineers Jaspal Singh and Simranjit have also been booked.

“We have registered a case at the Phase-8 police station after taking legal opinion. Investigations are on,” said Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SAS Nagar SSP.

Suspending Bath in April 2016, PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal had claimed that Bath had “...committed glaring irregularities in the construction of the rooms in state schools under the RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan).”

She had said that the board had received Rs 22.7 crore for the project and Bath, as the then chief engineer, had released Rs 19.6 crore between July 11, 2013, and February 26, 2015, against 13 bills, six of which contractor Rajneesh Singh had not signed.

“I have been implicated for fighting prevalent corruption in the education board. I am not aware of this police case,” said Gurinderpal Singh Bath, suspended secy, PSEB

“The contractor received the contract on May 23, 2013, and raised the bill for Rs 1 crore mobilisation advance the next day. The chief engineer verified the bill to release the money with the comment that more than 2% of the work was done,” the chairperson had added.

“The project had a four-month deadline that Bath stretched to about 21 months by ordering five extensions at his own level,” Dhaliwal had claimed.

“In nine districts, the building of 431 rooms was to start on May 24, 2013. The requisite fee to the tune of Rs 1.59 crore has not been submitted to date. The contractor was neither enlisted with the Public Works Department nor asked to deposit any earnest money,” Dhaliwal had said then.

Highlights
  • The board had received Rs 22.7 crore for the project and Bath, as the then chief engineer, had released Rs 19.6 crore between July 11, 2013, and February 26, 2015, against 13 bills, six of which contractor Rajneesh Singh had not signed.
  • The contractor received the work order on May 23, 2013, and raised a bill for Rs 1 crore mobilisation advance the next day. This was cleared with the comment that more than 2% of the work was done
  • The project had a four-month deadline that Bath stretched to about 21 months by ordering five extensions at his own level

When contacted, Bath said, “I have been implicated for fighting prevalent corruption in the education board. I am not aware of this police case.”

The case has been registered under Sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 466 (forgery of court record), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 477-A (falsification of accounts) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.