Amritsar Improvement Trust ex-chief Dinesh Bassi arrested for irregularities

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested Congress leader Dinesh Bassi on charges of irregularities during his tenure as chairman of the Amritsar Reform Trust during 2019-21.

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Wednesday arrested Congress leader Dinesh Bassi on charges of irregularities that caused losses to the Amritsar Reform Trust during his tenure as its president from 2019-21.

According to the complaint filed by the trust, Bassi and other employees have committed “insubordination/illegalities” to contractor Sohan Singh, who was also allotted a milk booth by posing as unemployed and allotted a plot to his daughter. Ranjith Avenue at a throwaway price last year.

“As soon as the sale deed of the Ranjit Avenue plot (Ranjit Avenue Plot) was executed and registered it was put up for open sale at its market price. Bassi also misplaced the file related to this property and failed to provide it to the Trust authorities. All these acts of the former president unmistakably reveal his vested interests in the matter,” said a senior official of the trust, who did not wish to be named.

After a preliminary hearing, Bassi was booked under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code besides the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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