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Ex-Akali minister Sekhwan booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
The Vigilance Bureau has registered a case against former Akali minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan at Jalandhar.

In a statement here today the Vigilance Bureau said that the case had been registered against Mr Sekhwan for misusing his authority in connivance with various other persons to establish the Jathedar Ujjagar Singh Sekhwan Memorial Trust in the name of his father at Sekhwan village, near Gurdaspur.

The bureau says that being Revenue Minister in the SAD-BJP Government, Mr Sekhwan wrongly got panchayat land allotted in the name of the trust. The land measuring two acres earlier belonged to three village panchayats. The value of the land is said to be about Rs 50 lakh. A hospital with a cost of Rs 1.25 crore has been constructed by the trust on this land.

According to the bureau, Mr Sekhwan misused government grants and public money for construction of the hospital, Though the hospital is a private institution the services of government doctors were also wrongfully requisitioned for its functioning. Funds from MPís local area development allocation were also used to purchase vehicles for the trust.

The bureau says that in the name of trust, Mr Sekhwan and his family have built this hospital as their own property. Mr Sekhwan used various departments for this purpose. The hospital is not functioning as a charitable institution. In fact, the word charitable has been removed from the name of the trust.

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