A deed registered by local revenue department officials for the sale of a 50-marla house, jointly owned by the accused of a multi-crore scam with PUNSUP is set to raise a controversy on the role of the revenue authorities.
The deed was registered despite intimation from PUNSUP authorities to attach the accused's properties. The sale deed of the house, owned by Ram Lubhaya Kaura and his son Rajan Kaura, both accused of defrauding PUNSUP of more than Rs 7 crore, was registered at the local tehsil on March 23. The accused are absconding.
PUNSUP sources said that on March 20, deputy commissioner Kapurthala vide office memo number 5015, Tehsildar vide memo number 5016 and general manager PUNSUP vide memo number 5017 were informed about the scam. District officials were requested specifically to attach the properties of the accused.
A total of 6,233 metric ton of paddy was allocated for milling to RR Agro, situated on Kala Sanghian Road from 2010 to 2012. However, the millers failed to return any rice to PUNSUP.
On March 21, the godowns of the mills were opened with the help of police in the presence of an executive magistrate.
It was observed that 1,25, 471 bags of paddy were missing from the godown as per stock registers, which cost PUNSUP Rs 7 crore. The district police registered a case on PUNSUP's compliant against Ram Lubhaya Kaura and Rajan Kaura.
A departmental enquiry was also initiated and three PUNSUP employees were suspended. These included field officer Khushwinder Singh Bawa, inspector Sarup Lal and inspector Girish Gautam.
Deputy commissioner Kapurthala Alaknanda Dayal said that the issue was related to the time of her predecessor. "On April 12, PUNSUP officials approached my office with request to attach properties of the accused as a case was registered by the police. Instructions were issued to revenue officials. If any letter, asking for the attachment under legal provisions, was not adhered by officials, action will be taken after a probe."
When contacted, Kapurthala tehsildar Arvinder Pal Singh denied the receipt of any letter under legal provisions from PUNSUP authorities.