IEP Chandigarh, January 25
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), during its ongoing campaign against corruption, has arrested former Sarpanch Gurjit Singh and Panchayat Secretary Balraj Singh, of village Verowal Baviya, block Khadoor Sahib, Tarntaran district for misappropriation in panchayats funds. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the VB said on the basis of a vigilance enquiry, a technical team of Bureau has conducted an investigation regarding embezzlement in development funds received by the gram panchayat Verowal Baviya, district Tarntaran from the year 2013 and 2017. It has came to light that during the above said check period, the gram panchayat had received total government funds amounting to Rs. 47,47,373 and Rs. 24,75,000 from contract farming on shamlat land of the village panchayat. He further added that that during the assessment period, the said Panchayat had received total amount Rs. 72,22,373 and spent Rs. 63,62,522 which shows that ex-Sarpanch Gurjeet Singh, in connivance with Panchayat Secretary Balraj Singh have misappropriated Panchayat funds to the tune of Rs. 8,59,851. In this regard a case under sections 13 (1) (a), 13 (2) of prevention of corruption act and under sections 409, 420, 467, 468, 471, 201, 102-B of IPC at VB police station, Amritsar. Further investigation in this case was under progress, he informed.