Sat. Feb 24th, 2024


Chandigarh  – The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Tuesday has arrested Horticultural Development Officer (HDO) Jaspreet Singh Sidhu, remained posted at Kharar and Dera Bassi, in SAS Nagar district who was accused within the multi crore Guava orchids compensation rip-off in SAS Nagar.

Disclosing this right here as we speak an official spokesperson of the state VB stated initially, stated accused JS Sidhu has availed interim bail from the High Court on 01.09.2023. However, the VB vehemently opposed his anticipatory bail petition and finally filed 3 affidavits/counter affidavits as replies throughout prolonged and detailed arguments to hunt his custodial interrogation. The VB has categorically highlighted the decision element data exhibiting proximity of JS Sidhu with different accused beneficiaries, statements of varied witnesses, tampered and solid documentary data and variations in-between the report submitted with GMADA and workplace copy of the identical report retained within the state Horticulture Department. Besides, class of the identical vegetation was proven to be increased in report submitted with GMADA than that talked about within the workplace copy of the identical report, he added.
The spokesperson knowledgeable that subsequently, the High Court has dismissed his anticipatory bail petition on 24.01.2023. Thereafter, the accused HDO was constantly on the run and the VB was attempting to hint him , whereby, he was duly arrested on Tuesday from SAS Nagar.
He added that the stated accused had remained posted as HDO, Kharar for previous 15 years constantly from 2004 to 2019 and was concerned in evaluating market worth of fruit bearing bushes current on lands acquired by GMADA vide varied acquisitions like Aerocity, IT City, Sector 88-89 and so on.

Providing extra particulars of this case, he knowledgeable that the VB has registered a case FIR no. 16 in 2023 after unearthing large rip-off pertaining to embezzlement of about Rs 137 crores launched underneath the disguise of compensation for stated Guava orchards located on the land acquired for improvement of Aerotropolis metropolis by buying agricultural land pertaining to some villages together with village Bakarpur and others located alongside the Airport Road in SAS Nagar metropolis.

He additional added that in the course of the investigation it has got here to mild that sure beneficiaries/ landowners, who’ve claimed compensation for fruit bearing bushes located within the identify of orchids on their land, have been conversant in the involved officers/ higher-ups of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and have been having prior info of the land acquisition in addition to the involved villages, the place the land was to be acquired. Moreover, they have been additionally conscious that the compensation for bushes, together with fruit bearing vegetation, can be assessed individually from the worth of the land acquired. Subsequently, these people or teams in a preplanned approach began buying and accumulating the land which was going to be acquired by the Authority with intention to take advantage of the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 for their very own wrongful acquire in connivance with the involved officers of Revenue Department, Land Acquisition Collector (LAC), GMADA, Horticulture Department and so on. inflicting an enormous loss to the state exchequer.

He additional knowledgeable that the accused individuals so as to affect worth evaluation of Guava bushes, confirmed the age of vegetation to be 4 years or greater than 4 years, in order that such aged bushes are thought-about as fruit yielding. To accomplish that, the accused individuals get the Revenue/ Khasra Girdawari Register document pertaining to village Bakarpur for the 12 months 2016-17 and tampered with the assistance of accused income Patwari Bachittar Singh and received talked about within the document that Guava bushes have been planted since 12 months 2016.

The spokesperson added that underneath the above stated Act, willpower of the age and class of fruit-bearing vegetation is essential for calculating their market worth and this evaluation is often achieved by horticulture officers.
He additional added that detailed survey checklist pertaining to fruit bearing bushes connected with the land underneath acquisition of village Bakarpur and different villages was ready and additional despatched by LAC, GMADA to the Director Horticulture division for willpower of market worth of stated Guava bushes.
That, the land underneath acquisition falls within the jurisdiction of Block- Kharar of the Horticulture Department, the place accused Jaspreet Singh Sidhu was posted as HDO at Dera Bassi. However, evaluation work of those villages was given to him by his increased authorities with out giving any cause/ justification.
That, fruit bushes stated to be current on about 180 acres of land have been required to be evaluated by JS Sidhu, HDO, whereas, he had visited the land underneath acquisition solely as soon as for inspection/ analysis and had managed to arrange evaluation report pertaining to whole 207 khasra numbers talked about individually within the survey checklist of the LAC, GMADA.
Moreover, he was discovered to have obtained
photocopies of khasra Girdawari document, whereby, over writing/ addition/alteration to say guava orchard was clearly seen with the bare eye, nevertheless, he intentionally ignored these information and proceeds to arrange tailor made evaluation report evaluating 4-5 years of age of stated vegetation.

Giving extra particulars the spokesperson knowledgeable that the VB has to this point arrested whole 21 accused individuals together with beneficiaries and public servants specifically, JS Johal, LAC, Vaishali, HDO, Bachitar Singh, Patwari and so on. Eventually, some beneficiaries got anticipatory bails in lieu of their supply to deposit one hundred pc of compensation quantity by the High Court and different accused have additionally began availing parity.
Subsequently, the VB has approached Supreme Court of India difficult the bail orders of the High Court and after contemplating the information Supreme Court has issued notices to the accused respondents.
The High Court has ordered varied accused beneficiaries to deposit whole quantity of Rs 72.36 crores out of which Rs 43.72 Crores have been deposited as on date.

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