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Punjab Vigilance team arrested 7 including XEN and SDO

SATISH SETH | May 28, 2024 10:36 PM

KAITHAL: The team of Anti Corruption Bureau has arrested seven persons including the XEN and SDO of the zila parishad in the case of scam of about Rs 10 crore in the name of cleanliness under the grant received in Kaithal Zilla Parishad. For the last 3 years, 10 teams of Anti Corruption Bureau were investigating the case.

The ACB team is interrogating the detained officers and contractors. A complaint regarding this was given by Kaithal MLA Leela Ram in the year 2021. In the year 2021, XEN Naveen of Rohtak Panchayati Raj, who was SDO in Kaithal at the time of the scam, Jasbir Singh, JE of Panchayati Raj in Kaithal, who is currently in Pehowa, Kulwant Accountant, who is currently in Narnaul. In the same case, Panchayati Raj contractor Dilbag Singh, resident of village Faridabad, Abhay Sandhu, resident of Fatehpur village and Anil and Rajesh contractor, residents of Pundri, have been taken in to custody by the Anti Corruption Bureau. ACB Inspector Mahendra Singh said that all these persons have been arrested. After questioning, they will be produced in the court tomorrow.
Scam worth Rs 11 crore happened in village cleanliness campaign
In 2021, an amount of Rs 31 crore 64 lakh had come to the Zilla Parishad for the development works of rural areas. Out of this, about Rs 11 crore was to be spent on cleanliness campaign in the village. This amount was shown to have been spent on paper, but there was no cleanliness in the village and fake bills were allegedly prepared and the amount was released to eight firms. Of these, two firms were also given large amounts of money. Regarding the embezzlement of crores of rupees in the name of cleanliness, Babli Chandana, the outgoing councilor from Zilla Parishad Ward No. 7, along with her husband Billu Chandana, had raised the entire issue by lodging protest . They had alleged that in the name of cleanliness, huge money had been swindled . There was no cleanliness, but fake bills were prepared and the amount was deposited in the accounts of the firms.

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