Patiala land scam: VB to ask court to declare former DC as PO
After their futile efforts to arrest a former deputy commissioner (DC), the Vigilance Bureau will re-file its application in a Patiala court to declare him as Proclaimed offender (PO) in the infamous Patiala land scam.
VB-Patiala SSP Pritam Singh on Tuesday said they have been trying very hard to arrest former DC Vikas Garg.
"We will resubmit our application in the court on March 8 to declare him PO and we are very much hopeful about it," said Singh.
Naib tehsildar Gurinder Singh Walia, one of the accused in the land scam, on Tuesday joined the probe here in VB's office in Bardari Gardens.
Confirming this, Singh said he has got the anticipatory bail from Punjab and Haryana high court and they were conducting the investigations.
On November 9, last year, the VB had registered a case under sections 409, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B IPC and 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act at VB police station Patiala against Garg, then district revenue officer Rajbir Singh, then naib tehsildar GS Walia, Kanungo Pritpal Singh, Patwari Suresh Kumar and property dealers Ravdeep Singh, NP Singh, Devinder Singh Sandhu and purchasers Jaswant Singh and Yashpal Aggarwal.
Besides Garg, NP Singh and Ravdeep Singh are still at large and all others accused have been arrested.
Garg was Patiala DC when 6,000 sq yards of government land worth Rs 250 crore was sold to individuals in 2011.
The VB stated that the controversial land of chief medical office, which is about 6000 yards, was the land that Yashpal Aggarwal, Davinder Sandhu, Jaswant Singh, NP Singh and Rajbir Singh wanted to buy for which they had got a registry done using unfair means. The registry was cancelled later on.
The buyers allegdly paid Rs two crore to Garg and Gurvinder Singh to get the registry done. Out of this amount, Rs 80 lakh was paid to Garg, the remaining money was kept by Walia and he later on distributed Rs two to five lakh to Patwari, the revenue officer and Pritpal Singh.