CBI raids houses of 4 Govt officials in Haryana
The government officials were holding key positions when the club was built at the Shivalik foothills near Chandigarh.Updated: Apr 13, 2006 14:43 IST
The CBI on Thursday raided the residences of four senior government officials and that of the owner of a club in connection with the construction of the club on forest land at Karoran village in Ropar district allegedly violating the Reserve Forest Act.
Different teams of CBI simultaneously conducted raids at the residences of IAS officers of Punjab cadre SC Aggarwal and KBS Sidhu and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers Harsh Kumar and JS Samudari, the agency sources said in Chandigarh.
The residence of the owner of the 'Forest Hill Resort' club Col (retd) BS Sandhu and the club premises were also raided by the CBI.
The government officials were holding key positions when the club was built at the Shivalik foothills near Chandigarh in alleged violation of the Reserve Forest Act, sources said.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court here had ordered the closure of the club, taking suo moto notice of media reports on the building and the members of the club.
The allegation against the club was that it was built in violation of the forest act and the officers of the Punjab Government instead of taking action against the club, preferred to become its members.
The matter was later handed over to the CBI, which registered a case and began investigating the allegations. The case is now in the Supreme Court.
The CBI officials were tightlipped on today's raids.
First Published: Apr 13, 2006 14:43 IST