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Mandi Board GM held for taking bribe
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The Punjab Mandi Board's General Manager (Marketing), Mr Sikander Singh, was caught "red handed" by state Vigilance Bureau sleuths while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from an employee for letting him off.

This is, perhaps, the first time that an officer of General Manager rank — working with the Mandi Board — has been apprehended by the Vigilance Bureau authorities. The board, in control of the mandis in the state, is supposed to be the "richest" organisation.

In a related development, an employee of State Transport Commission was also caught "red handed" while accepting Rs 1,000 for the issuance of a "no objection certificate". Both the operations were headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police (Vigilance) N.S. Dhillon.

Giving details of the trap cases, the sources in the Vigilance Bureau here revealed that a trap was laid after the Secretary of Amritsar's market committee, Mr Baljit Singh, complained of harassment.

The Secretary reportedly informed the Bureau that the General Manager was threatening him with the issuance of a charge-sheet. In fact the secretary claimed that notices were being sent to him and he was being summoned to the headquarters for “hushing up the matter”.

After receiving Mr Baljit Singh’s complaint, a team laid the trap and apprehended the accused while he was accepting the money. Though Mr Dhillon was not available for comments, the sources claimed that further investigations into the matter were on. The bureau sleuths were likely to question other officials also for their involvement in all such matters, the sources asserted.

In the other incident, senior assistant with the Transport Commission Vijay Kumar was apprehended while accepting Rs 1,000 from Mr Surinder Singh. He was seeking the issuance of no objection certificate for plying vehicles.

A senior Vigilance Bureau officer said both the trap cases were a success. He added that the bureau was doing its best to eradicate corruption among the public servants in every sphere in the state. In this direction the Vigilance Bureau officials were not only registering first information reports, but were also following up all the cases under trial in different courts in the state on a regular basis to ensure judicial punishment for the accused.

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