Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) asked Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to tell Punjabis why he was not ordering a CBI inquiry into the Fateh kit scam even after it had been proved that the company, which had supplied the kits at severely inflated prices to the state government after repeated re-tendering, was found to be running from a cold store.
Senior leader and party MP Balwinder Singh Bhundur said “recent disclosures about Grandway Incorporation, which supplied kits worth Rs 26 crore to the Punjab government, indicate that the entire operation was fraudulent.”
“This is the only reason why the original tender which had been awarded to a company with a six-month validity at Rs 837 per kit was re-tendered twice and awarded both times to Grandway at inflated prices of Rs 1226 and Rs 1338 per kit,” the Shiromani Akali Dal leader said.
He also said that “Only a free and fair inquiry can nail those responsible for this Fateh Kit scam in Punjab as it is apparent that Grandway is a proxy which has been used to earn ill gotten wealth at the cost of the exchequer”.
Balwinder Bhundur said media reports had exposed not only Grandway but the entire tendering process of the Congress government led by Captain Amarinder Singh.
He said it had been conclusively found that Grandway was running from a cold store in Ludhiana and dealt in the sale of clothes. “Moreover the company does not have a valid license to supply medical kits”.
The Rajya Sabha MP said, “it is obvious that these facts were in the knowledge of the government before awarding of the tender to the company.”
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