‘ ₹28 crore scam’: Panchayat minister accuses predecessor Tript Bajwa of selling panchayat land at low rates

Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Kuladeep Singh Dhaliwal alleged that his former triple Rajinder Singh Bajwa had “unlawfully” endorsed the panchayat land “with some builders” at very low prices even as the election code was in force on Saturday. State. Dhaliwal said the loss was due 28 crores to the coffers of the state.

Addressing a press conference in Amritsar, the minister said that on March 11, one day after the Congress announced the results of the defeated state assembly elections, the Bajpai approved the sale of waterways and lanes in Bhagatpur village. Amritsar-Jalandhar Highway. Dhaliwal said these waterways and routes were considered an impediment to establishing Alpha International City Colony. Land for sale Its market value is Rs 43 lakh per acre 7.5 crores per acre. Bajwa has strongly dismissed the allegations and described it as ‘just a lie’.

Disclosing further details, Dhaliwal said, “In 2015, the Panchayat of Bhagatpur village, which had a legion of loyalties, passed a decision to sell panchayat land for the establishment of The Alpha International City Colony in Manavala village. The total area of ​​the colony is 150 acres. About four acres of land in the colony belongs to the Panchayat, which requires the approval of the concerned authorities and the Minister.

“On the evening of March 11, 2022, Bajwa signed the ratification. However, on the same morning, a cabinet headed by the then chief minister, Charanjit Singh Channi, was dismissed and the Aam Aadmi Party formed its government. With the approval of the approval, the registration of the panchayat land was made on April 19, 2022.

Responding to this, the Minister said, “We have learned that the land has been registered after the registration of the land. All documents related to this have been sought from the department, which was found to have been primarily caused by the loss of the former minister. 28 crores to coffers.

A high level investigation committee has been formed

The high-level committee has been constituted to investigate the entire case, the minister said. The committee, headed by Joint Commissioner of Development Amit Kumar, will comprise two members, Joint Director of Rural Development Sarabjit Singh and Joharnder Singh Ahluwalia, senior legal officer, to submit its report in a week.

“All the politicians and officials involved in the scam will be dealt with harshly,” Dhaliwal said. If necessary, the registration of the panchayat land will be canceled and the money will be disbursed.

Dhalival said his department will investigate all the settlements that have arisen over the past 15 years. “We suspect that the panchayat land has been sold in many more colonies,” he said.

Bajwa said the Sangrur by-election was a gimmick

Meanwhile, former minister Tripit Rajinder Singh Bajwa said, “Files have been cleared as part of routine work. Dhaliwal himself has said that the high authority committee sets the land rates. Congress leaders are trying to blame the party for the upcoming Sangrur by-election. I don’t hide. I have done nothing wrong. I am ready to deal with it and either hand over the investigation or hand it over to a retired judge.

Bazwa said that the files can be cleared while the election code is in force, which is part of the routine work. “Nobody contacted me for that. It was routine work. ”

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