IEP Chandigarh February 14:
Aiming to curb the menace of corruption in the state, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested a private person Sandeep Singh Virk, resident of village Naya Gaon, SAS Nagar district red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 15,000. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the VB said the above mentioned accused has claimed to the complainant Sabar Khan of Handiya, Barnala district that he has connections in Punjab Chief Minister office (CMO) and would get recruited him as a Personal Officer in CMO under special quota but he has to pay Rs 6 lakhs as bribe/expenses to get this job. He further added that the complainant has informed to the VB that the accused had already taken Rs 15,000 as an advance money and now demanding Rs 25,000 more to get his file/case signed from the complainant and further to submit it to get its approval from concerned authorities. After preliminary investigation, a VB team laid a trap and the accused Sandeep Singh was arrested while accepting bribe money of Rs 15,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses. During investigation it has came to light that the above said accused Sandeep Singh prepared and get the complainant to sign a forged/fabricated appointment letter and other relevant documents to convince the complainant about his recruitment, he added. The spokesperson further added that a case FIR No. 8 Dated 13-02-2013 under section 7A of prevention of corruption act has been registered against Sandeep Singh at VB police station, flying squad, Punjab, SAS Nagar. Local court has granted two days police remand of the accused and further investigation was under progress so as to uncover modus operandi of the accused and to know involvement of his accomplices including private/government officials, if any, he added.