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Punjab: Two arrested for colluding in selling plot to Sadhu Singh Dharmsot's son at throwaway price

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- March 30th 2023 06:03 PM
Punjab: Two arrested for colluding in selling plot to Sadhu Singh Dharmsot's son at throwaway price

Punjab: Two arrested for colluding in selling plot to Sadhu Singh Dharmsot's son at throwaway price

Chandigarh, March 30: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has nominated four persons as accused in a corruption case, including Harpreet Singh, son of former forest minister Sadhu Singh Dharmsot, on the charges of buying a plot for Rs 60 lakh and selling it on the same day for only Rs 25 lakh to the minister's son.

After arresting accused Rajesh Kumar Chopra and Raj Kumar Nagpal, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau produced them in the court of Mohali and obtained six-day police remand.  Further investigation of this case is under progress.


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A spokesperson for the Vigilance Bureau said they had already registered an FIR under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. During the investigation, it was found that accused Raj Kumar Nagpal, a resident of Sector 8, Panchkula, Haryana, had obtained the LOI of Plot No. 2023, Sector-88, Mohali from Gurminder Singh Gill, a resident of House No. 1677, Phase 3B-2 Mohali, for Rs 60 lakh after purchasing one affidavit (No. AE773271) on November 27,2018.

He had purchased another affidavit in the same series on the same day (No. AE773272) and sold the same plot for only Rs 25 lakh on the basis of this affidavit to Harpreet Singh, son of former Punjab Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, after reducing the price of around Rs 35 lakh.

At the time of the purchase and sale of this plot, accused Rajesh Kumar Chopra, a resident of Sector 82 JLPL, Mohali, signed as a witness. 

During the probe, it was also found that out of the amount of Rs 60 lakh, Rs 22,50,000 were already deposited in the account of Raj Kumar by Rajesh Kumar Chopra, the proprietor of Anmol Umpire Private Limited; Harpreet Singh, son of Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, transferred Rs 25,00,000 and Rs 12,10,000 were deposited by others. It has came to light that Raj Kumar Sarpanch, property dealer, Jujhar Nagar, Mohali, and resident of Phase 6, Mohali had played an important role for Harpreet Singh to procure this LOI from Raj Kumar.

The spokesperson said there was no record in the files of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) about this LOI issued in the name of Raj Kumar by plot owner Gurminder Singh Gill. This plot was directly transferred from the name of Gurminder Singh Gill in the name of the said Harpreet Singh.

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He further said in this way Raj Kumar Nagpal, Rajesh Kumar Chopra property dealer, Raj Kumar Sarpanch property dealer and Harpreet Singh procured and purchased this LOI through Raj Kumar on the basis of different fake entries and in connived with each other to purchase and sell the said plot costing about Rs 60 lakh for only Rs 25 lakh to Harpreet Singh. 

On the basis of findings, the Vigilance amended the FIR by adding Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of the IPC and Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and nominated Harpreet Singh, son of Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Raj Kumar Nagpal, Rajesh Kumar Chopra and Raj Kumar Sarpanch as an accused. In this case, two accused, Rajesh Kumar Chopra and Raj Kumar Nagpal, were arrested on March 28, and the search for the rest is on.

- PTC NEWS

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