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Ludhiana paddy scam: Punjab VB arrests 12 accused so far, one declared PO

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- November 03rd 2023 03:49 PM
Ludhiana paddy scam: Punjab VB arrests 12 accused so far, one declared PO

Ludhiana paddy scam: Punjab VB arrests 12 accused so far, one declared PO

PTC News Desk: In the Ludhiana paddy scam in the grain markets of Ludhiana and other districts, Punjab Vigilance Bureau arrested another accused trader Kalu Ram, a resident of New Abaadi, Jaiton Mandi, district Faridkot. He was produced in Ludhiana district court and has  been granted two days police remand to the Bureau. 

Disclosing the details in Ludhiana paddy scam, a spokesperson of Punjab Vigilance Bureau informed that Kalu Ram was closely associated with absconding accused Rakesh Kumar Singla, a suspended deputy director of Food and Civil Supplies department Punjab and Bharat Bhushan Ashu, former minister of this department.

It is to be noted that accused Kalu Ram, under the administrative and political shelter, had provided paddy to the accused rice millers namely Krishan Lal and Surinder Kumar Dhotiwala from other states procured without MSP on the basis of forged and fabricated bills. 

He had also helped these accused commission agents/ aartiyaas in fabrication of bills showing more crop in the Ludhiana district instead of actual production of paddy brought by farmers at their shops, in order to get more amount in lieu of MSP from the state government.

The case has been registered under FIR No 11, dated 16.08.22 had already been registered under sections 420, 465 , 468, 471, 120-B of IPC and under sections 7, 8, 12, 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act at VB police station Ludhiana range. 

In this case out of 16 accused, 11 accused namely former minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, contractors Telu Ram, Jagroop Singh and Sandeep Bhatia, commission agents Anil Jain, Kishan Lal Dhotiwala and Surinder Kumar Dhotiwala, including DFSCs Harveen Kaur and Sukhwinder Singh Gill besides two private assistants of former minister Ashu namely Pankaj @ Meenu Malhotra and Inderjit Indi have already been arrested. 

Two accused Surinder Beri DFSC (Retd.) and Jagandeep Dhillon DM Punsup have been granted anticipatory bail by the High Court whereas anticipatory bail application of accused Paramjeet Chechi has been dismissed by the Supreme Court and he has been directed to surrender before the VB. He further informed that one prime accused RK Singla Deputy Director Food and Civil Supplies department has already been declared proclaimed offender by the competent court.                    




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