Ruchika M Khanna
Chandigarh, August 29
Even as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today wrote to the Vigilance Bureau, seeking details of the case registered against former Food and Supply Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, two important files regarding the case have gone missing from the Establishment 1 branch of the Food and Supply Department.
Sources said a file regarding the appointment of the now dismissed Deputy Director in the department, Rakesh Singla, as the chairman of the Central Vigilance Committee of the department and another one regarding his appointment as the chairman of the Tender Allotment Committee in the department had disappeared. Singla is one of the main accused in the multi-crore tender allotment scam. He has reportedly fled to Canada.
Both files were sought by the Vigilance Department from the Food and Supply Department as part of its investigation into the scam of alleged preferential allotment of tenders for labour, cartage and transportation of food grains to loyalists of the former minister. The probe reportedly points out that as part of the quid pro quo arrangement between the former minister and Singla, the latter was given the two posts in the department, which helped him “gain control and use this control for other extraneous benefits to the former minister,” said a senior officer.
The sources said even after a week of search, these files could not be traced. The files had information on who all proposed the names of the officer for the two important posts as Singla was earlier chargesheeted on six counts, including getting a permanent residency for Canada.
Principal Secretary, Food and Supplies, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, confirmed the two files could not be traced. “We have taken certificates from each and every employee posted in the Establishment branch, saying that these two files cannot be traced. Today, we wrote to the Chandigarh Police about the missing files and asked them to register a case,” he said.
Ex-minister’s remand extended
Ludhiana: Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Sumit Makkar on Monday extended the police remand of former Food and Supply Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu by two more days in the tender allotment case. Earlier, the CJM has granted police custody for four days. Thereafter, Ashu's police remand was extended by the Duty Magistrate by two more days. He is in custody since August 22. TNS
Don't MissView All
Delhi MCD poll: Voting concludes for 250 municipal wards; 45 per cent voter turnout recorded till 4 pm
The counting of votes will take place on December 7
In his speech at IFFI-2022, Lapid had said he was ‘disturbed...
The seized drugs are the spurious versions of leading brands...
The follow-up programme of Bharat Jodo Yatra will have yatra...
Discuss Russia-Ukraine war, highlight emerging security chal...