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VB unearths 3 more scams akin to City Centre
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has unearthed three more major scams akin to the alleged City Centre scam in which family members of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh were involved.

This evening, DIG Vigilance S. S. Chauhan and SSP Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu claimed apart from money, call girls were used regularly to lure persons in the city centre project and other scams. They said as per investigation some 25 Indian and foreign girls were regularly used.

Officials said certain e-mails of R. Freeky, owner of a Holland-based company allegedly involved in the Intranet company and disclosures by Harpreet Sandhu have revealed 9 lakh US dollars had exchanged hands in the Intranet scam. They said they had enough evidence to arrest Amarinder Singh for his alleged involvement in city centre project scam, officials claimed here today. Amarinder Singh is on bail.

They said IPS officer A. S. Rai would be called for questioning soon about the disclosures made by Harpreet Sandhu that Rai had accompanied him to certain meetings on hushing up the Intranet scam.

They charged former advocate general Harpreet Sandhu with arranging call girls for high-profile political leaders. The Vigilance Bureau has sent a special report regarding the use of women to the government for action. The Vigilance Bureau does not deal with such cases.

The officials said three other scams involving major projects would be made public soon. The scams cannot be disclosed as the persons involved might slip away

The officials said they as per the disclosure made by former additional advocate general Harpreet Sandhu, Amarinder Singh and his relatives had sent Rs 25 crore through hawala transaction to a foreign country. Apart from a Hoshiarpur-based money transaction company, another company was also involved.

The Vigilance Bureau has also got evidence that the land use of the city Centre project was changed by the Today Homes officials in connivance with the other accused, who got kickbacks in the deal.

The officials presented a local lawyer, Harpreet Singh, who stated that Harpreet Sandhu had come to him for taking the mandatory legal opinion on the contract of the government with the Today Homes Company. He said he gave his opinion with signs on all pages. However, the contract papers of the project recovered by the Vigilance do not have his signatures.

He stated Sandhu paid him Rs 5,000 for legal opinion. Vigilance officials claimed Sandhu had got Rs 2 lakh from the company for paying the fee for the opinion. He pocketed the remaining amount.

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