Property scam: Abohar MC responds after 4 yrs - ECAS Punjab

Property scam: Abohar MC responds after 4 yrs

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Abohar, August 9

After four years, the local Municipal Corporation has responded to a state government's letter seeking clarification on the loss it suffered in an auction of commercial plots in 2010. The civic body had suffered losses to the tune of Rs 71.50 lakh.

The Vigilance Bureau had found that the terms and conditions for the sale of commercial plots along Nai Sadak were fraudulently changed using fake signatures of the then president and executive officer of the civic body to benefit a select few bidders.

It was also learnt that the MC had executed the sale deed in favour of a bidder, Raman Kumar, even though he had not made the full payment. The Retired Municipal Employees Welfare Association had made several representations to the government in this regard.

Three former executive officials of the MC were indicted for negligence and causing loss to the civic body. While the previous government took no action, former Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu got the alleged scam investigated by senior IAS officer RC Nayyar.

The Vigilance Bureau had registered a case on March 9, 2016. A special report was submitted on February 6, 2017, but an FIR was registered only against Jaspal Singh, a clerk, and former president Shivraj Goyal of the BJP. However, both were let off.

from The Tribune

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