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Now, a transfer scam in Ludhiana
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 22
Vigilance officials investigating the City Centre scam have stumbled upon another scandal in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) where money power allegedly decided the key transfers and postings within the trust.

The officials claimed to have found during the questioning of its chief engineer Manmohan Singh, one of the accused, that he was a conduit of former local bodies minister Chowdhry Jagjit Singh for making transfers and postings. They accused the minister of taking money through the engineer.

The revelation of the transfer scam has strengthened the allegations of former chairman of the trust Ashok Singh Garcha, who had sought powers to transfer employees during his tenure. He had alleged that a racket of transfers/postings was running in the trust.

SSP, Vigilance, Kanwarjit Singh, stated that Manmohan Singh, one of the 19 accused in the City Centre scam, had admitted that he used to take money from employees on the behalf of the minister to decide postings and transfers.

The Vigilance officials have collected enough evidence to nail the ex-minister. The development assumes significance at this juncture as the bail application of Ch Jagjit Singh in the City Centre scam will come up for hearing on April 24 in a local court. Meanwhile, the SSP expressed surprise at reports that Manmohan Singh had turned approver. He said he was the main accused and no one could turn approver at this juncture.

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Ch Jagjit Singh minted Rs 20 lakh per month: VB

Ch Jagjit SinghFormer local bodies minister Ch Jagjit Singh, one of the prime accused in the City Centre scam, was allegedly minting more than Rs 20 lakh per month through LIT chief engineer Manmohan Singh.

Vigilance documents revealed that Manmohan Singh had set monthly targets of collecting money from the improvement trusts and municipal corporations in Bathinda, Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar, besides the committees, councils and other local bodies departments. These targets ranged from Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh and even more in case of corporations.

The officials said Manmohan Singh took Rs 4 lakh for the posting of an XEN in Amritsar; Rs 5 lakh for posting in Jalandhar and Ludhiana; and Rs 3 lakh for posting in Bathinda and Patiala.

The accused had even got promoted five XENs to the post of superintendent engineers and charged Rs 1 lakh each. He claimed he gave all the money to the minister.

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