Chandigarh-In a multi-crore rip-off relating to distribution of compensation price crores of rupees for acquisition of land for Jalandhar-Chintpurni freeway, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Vigilance Bureau, throughout its investigation, has discovered that loads of report was discovered lacking from the workplace of SDM Hoshiarpur and Tehsildar Hoshiarpur. It was additionally got here to gentle that the then SDM Anand Sagar Sharma has fraudulently modified the draft 3-A schedule plan ready by Louis Berger firm, and illegally launched compensation amounting to Rs. 64 crore to his recognized individuals who bought the land within the new highway alignment in connivance with the mentioned SDM. During the probe the Bureau has added one other part 201 of IPC on this case and nominated 42 extra new accused, out of which 8 accused have been arrested on Saturday.
Disclosing this right here immediately, a spokesperson of the VB mentioned that complete of 13 accused together with the then Anand Sagar Sharma SDM-cum-Collector and Land Acquisition Officer Hoshiarpur, Baljinder Singh Tehsildar Hoshiarpur, Manjit Singh Naib Tehsildar Hoshiarpur, Daljit Singh Patwari Village Khawaspur (Piplanwala), Parvinder Kumar, Patwari Village Khawaspur, Sukhwinderjit Singh Sodhi Registry Clerk, Devidas deed author, Harpinder Singh Gill resident of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Nagar, Hoshiarpur, Satwinder Singh Dhatt and Avtar Singh Johal each residents of Mohalla Tibba Sahib Hoshiarpur and Jaswinder Pal Singh resident of Lilli Cottage, Sutehiri Road Hoshiarpur have already been arrested or joined investigation on this case registered below part FIR No. 01 Dated 10-02-2017 below part 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and 13(1) (d), 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act at VB Police Station, Economic Offenses Wing, Ludhiana.
He knowledgeable that as per the order dated 05-04-2022 by the competent court docket of Special Judge Ludhiana for additional investigation of this case, the Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau Punjab has constituted a 3 members SIT below the supervision of Rahul S, Director, Vigilance Bureau, during which Rajeshwar Singh, SSP, VB Range Jalandhar, Gurmeet Singh, SSP, VB Range Ferozepur and Suba Singh, SSP, VB, Economic Offenses WIng, Ludhiana had been made members. During the investigation, it was discovered that the then SDM Hoshiarpur Anand Sagar Sharma has modified the freeway alignment in 5 villages Khawaspur, Digana Kalan, Digana Khurd, Hardo Khanpur and Khasra of Bassi Jana/Chohli in schedule 3-A ready by him which didn’t correspond to origin draft schedule 3-A ready by Louis Berger Company after a survey.
The spokesperson additional mentioned that after receiving the mentioned Schedule Draft 3-A from Executive Engineer PWD Hoshiarpur, the then SDM Hoshiarpur Anand Sagar Sharma was presupposed to confirm the paperwork recorded in it, however he stored the mentioned draft schedule pending in his workplace for greater than 4 months.
In the case, the mentioned accused SDM Anand Sagar Sharma, has utterly modified the Khasra numbers of the above 5 mentioned 5 villages within the schedule 3-A for the notification. The above modified Khasra numbers had been additional printed in notification 3D and 3G as properly. The accused SDM, by taking false experiences from his subordinate Patwari, has wrongly modified the character of land from agriculture to residential/business and ready a false variation certificates on this regard. Later, a complete compensation quantity of Rs. 286, 36, 13, 620 from the central authorities was acquired by the mentioned SDM, who with a felony conspiracy, additional conniving with the land mafia, has illegally disbursed compensation of Rs. 64, 13, 66, 399 on the residential charges for the land which was printed as agriculture land within the notifications 3A, 3D, 3G.
Giving additional data, he mentioned that in the course of the investigation, it has additionally got here to gentle that the accused Anand Sagar Sharma, whereas getting ready Schedule Draft 3-A, conspired along with his recognized individuals with the intention of usurping the compensation quantity to be given to the unique land homeowners in alternate of the mentioned 5 villages. After giving the confidential data to his shut associates by the accused Anand Sagar Sharma, they additional contacted the unique land homeowners pertaining to that Khasras and bought the lands from them in connivance with income officers. The homeowners of those khasra numbers had no concept that their land khasra numbers had been recorded within the modified alignment of Schedule 3-A as no survey was ever carried out within the mentioned space. During investigation it was discovered that complete 54 registries had been registered by income officers falling within the modified alignment pertaining villages Khawaspur and Hardo Khanpur after notification 3-A and until distribution of awards.
It is price to say right here that the 40 purposes submitted by the land homeowners below Section 3-C of the National Highway Act 1956 relating to the land acquired for the National Highway had been acquired by Anand Sagar Sharma and despatched to the respective Kanugos of Hoshiarpur, Nasrala and Premgarh by way of Tehsildar Hoshiarpur to get report. Despite the accused Anand Sagar Sharma didn’t acquired the experiences on these 40 purposes from Tehsildar Hoshiarpur, he individually took 4 purposes below Section 3-C of the National Highway Act 1956 relating to the lands bought by his recognized individuals in village Khawaspur for his private profit. He obtained verified the mentioned land and obtained false report straight from the involved Patwari as a longtime colony on the mentioned land, whereas the kind of these lands was disclosed within the notification 3-D and 3-G as a ‘Chahi’ (cultivable) land.
During the most recent investigation, within the mentioned case the required data of the workplace of SDM Hoshiarpur and workplace Tehsildar Hoshiarpur was discovered lacking and Section 201 of IPC was added and 42 extra new accused had been nominated within the mentioned case. Out of the newly nominated accused by the Vigilance Bureau, 8 accused have been arrested on 18.11.2023.
In this case accused Pradeep Gupta, resident of Church Road, Civil Line Hoshiarpur, in connivance with accused Harpinder Singh, bought 9 kanals 4 marlas land at village Khawaspur within the title of his sons Prateek Gupta and Amritpreet Singh for six, 63, 39, 000 on the colony fee and acquired compensation of Rs. 6, 63, 39, 000 within the checking account of his son Pratik Gupta. Accused Sunny Kumar Nambardar resident of village Khawaspur, although Surjit Singh was not current on the time of registry, in collusion with the accused, he falsely testified as Nambardar of that village. Accused Dalwinder Kumar resident of village Khawaspur concerned within the conspiracy hatched by his acquaintance accused Harpinder Singh and stood as a purchaser and registered land within the title of Harpinder Singh’s acquaintances. Accused Hardeep Kaur, spouse of Rupinder Singh Gill, resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Jalandhar, conspiring along with her husband and her brother-in-law accused Harpinder Singh, obtained registered 4 kanals and 17 marla land in her title and obtained compensation of Rs. 2, 42, 89, 200 in her checking account. Accused Tajinder Singh, a resident of Kunj Extension, Jalandhar, ina conspiracy along with his acquaintance Harpinder Singh and obtained registered 18 marla 1 sarsai land in his title and obtained Rs. 56, 16, 000 in his checking account. Accused Mohit Gupta, resident of Millerganj Overlock Road, Ludhiana transferred Rs. 27, 00, 000 out of the compensation quantity to his account. Accused Ramji deed and doc author Tehsil Complex Hoshiarpur resident of village Maruli Brahmana in connivance with Tehsildar, Naib-Tehsildar, Registry Clerk and accused purchasers has deceived the true homeowners by writing and registering 31 registries. Accused Jaswinder Singh Patwari (now retired), income halka Digana Kalan, Digana Khurd and Hardokhanpur deceived the precise land homeowners and entered the switch of the land bought after the notification in connivance with the fraudster patrons.
He knowledgeable that these 8 accused can be produced within the native court docket on Sunday and police remand can be looked for additional questioning. The Vigilance Bureau (VB) is conducting searches on the residences and different locations to arrest the remaining accused who can be arrested quickly.