Fighting graft, MLA gets ‘support’ - ECAS Punjab

Fighting graft, MLA gets ‘support’

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Batala, June 9

The ruling Congress is backing Batala SAD MLA Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal in his fight against corruption with several ruling party MLAs clandestinely supporting him forcing several PWD officials, who are said to be on his radar, into a huddle keenly awaiting his next move.

On May 31, the MLA had released a video clip of a PWD Executive Engineer (XEN) in which the officer could be seen receiving a bribe from a contractor for allocating him tenders and later getting payments released.

Lodhinangal claimed to have in his possession several video clips in which "PWD officers are seen asking for bribe". He said he would release these in the next few days.

A majority of the department's officers across the state have either switched off their phones or are not responding to calls ever since the first video was put into public domain.

"We have stopped taking calls, not only from outsiders but also from near and dear ones, fearing these may be recorded," said a Gurdaspur-based officer.

Lodhinangal said despite the fact that the ED had filed charges against PWD (Pathankot circle) SE Bhupinder Singh Tuli, the state government was not taking action against him. — TNS

from The Tribune

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