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November 30, 2022

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Another scam in Punjab: A DFO sting exposed, two former ministers may be arrested soon

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The land was illegally allotted in the form of a farm house of 2.5-and-a-half acres on a lease of 33 years for just 50 thousand rupees. On the other hand, the leaders and officers to whom this land was allotted, they got the rules constructed in their farm houses, whereas such construction is not allowed in forest land. 

The case of arrest of former minister Dharamsot in the case of illegal felling of trees on forest land in Punjab had not yet cooled down that during the previous government, the scam of selling forest and panchayat lands around Chandigarh at throwaway prices came to the fore. . In this case, after the open secret of a DFO’s sting, the Vigilance Bureau has taken land grabbers and other people, including two former ministers, on the radar, who can be arrested soon.

It has come to the fore in the investigation that two and a half acres of land worth crores of rupees were taken on lease by the politicians and officers in the form of farm houses for 50-50 thousand rupees. Meanwhile, this matter was also brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, regarding which further action is likely to be issued soon. It is noteworthy that in Sangrur on Thursday, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had said that he has a list of corrupt leaders and soon all will be inside,this is being considered as a signal of the Chief Minister about the action to be taken regarding the scam. The names of former ministers who are coming out in this scam include the name of former Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, about which the current Panchayat Minister had recently made several revelations.

Another minister has recently applied for blanket bail from the High Court. According to the information, the previous government of the state distributed the forest and panchayat land of Mohali district around Chandigarh, whose market value is in crores, to the leaders, favorite officers and people for only a few thousand rupees. All this land is the property of Panchayat and Forest Department. 

This land was illegally allotted in the form of a farm house of 2.5-and-a-half acres on a lease of 33 years for just 50 thousand rupees. On the other hand, the leaders and officers to whom this land was allotted, they got the rules constructed in their farm houses, whereas such construction is not allowed in forest land.

Meanwhile, the DFO whose sting has gone viral has also revealed that this forest and panchayat land has been distributed up to the border of Himachal Pradesh, while any kind of tampering with the hilly areas of the forests is an offense under the law. It has also been learned that the politicians and people who were allotted farm houses have also cut down the Khair trees on the respective land without permission. 

On the other hand, the Vigilance Bureau has started an investigation in the matter, in which it has come to the fore that the land allotted to the favorites was given with the permission of the ministers concerned during the previous government, for which permission files were also prepared. On behalf of the Bureau, the politicians, officers and other people who became the owners of the land got the land, an investigation has been started.

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