LIT Scam: Vigilance Bureau lodges FIR against 4 officials for preparing fabricated reports, arrests 2 | Ludhiana News


LUDHIANA: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Friday registered another corruption case pertaining to allotment of residential plots in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) under the locally displaced persons’ (LDP) scheme against four LIT officials, of which two have been arrested.
Besides, the bureau also arrested a city resident who had a plot against the rules.
The accused have been identified as Boota Ram now Executive Engineer, Jagdev Singh Executive Engineer (XEN), Inderjeet Singh Junior Engineer at LIT, Mandeep Singh Junior Engineer of Municipal Corporation Ludhiana and Kamaldeep Singh, a private person, resident of Model Town Extension, Ludhiana. In this case, Jagdev Singh XEN, Inderjeet Singh JE and Kamaldeep Singh have been arrested.
The Vigilance Bureau (VB) said during the investigation of the case, it has been found that officials of the LIT with corrupt practices and in connivance with others, had allotted residential plots to unauthorised persons under the LDP scheme.
Though some of the allottees had already died, their plots were reallotted by the LIT officials to unauthorised persons, violating prescribed rules and taking huge bribe money from the beneficiaries.
During this probe, it has come to light that plot No 1544-D, in Model Town Extension, Ludhiana was allotted to a private person, Kamaldeep Singh violating the rules.
In this case, Inderjeet Singh, Boota Ram and Jagdev Singh, Mandeep Singh, Ludhiana had fabricated reports to the LIT regarding the non-availability of water and sewerage facilities in the above mentioned locality.
With an aim to favour the allottee, the above-mentioned officials had waved off a non-construction fine amounting to Rs 27 lakh without getting approval from competent authority whereas it was required to be charged from the allottee thereby causing huge financial loss to the state exchequer.
VB official said that earlier to this, a similar case under FIR No 09 under section 7, 7A, 8, 12, 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and under section 409, 420, 467, 471, 120-B of IPC had already been registered at VB Police Station, Economic Offences Wing, Ludhiana for allotment of plots under LDP scheme by getting huge bribes from the beneficiaries.
In this case investigation was being carried out against the officials of LIT which included Raman Balasubramanium, former chairman LIT, Kuljit Kaur EO, Ankit Narang SDO, Parveen Kumar sales clerk, Gagandeep clerk and Sandeep Sharma PA to former chairman. Among the above mentioned accused Sandeep Sharma PA, Parveen Kumar Clerk and Kuljit Kaur EO have already been arrested and lodged in judicial custody. Others were avoiding arrest as further investigation was under progress, he added.





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