Punjab Vigilance Bureau books Barjinder Hamdard, IAS officer Bublani, 24 others in Jang-e-Azadi Memorial case : The Tribune India

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Punjab Vigilance Bureau books Barjinder Hamdard, IAS officer Bublani, 24 others in Jang-e-Azadi Memorial case

The VB has arrested 15 people -- Ludhiana-based builder and 14 PWD officials -- in the case

Punjab Vigilance Bureau books Barjinder Hamdard, IAS officer Bublani, 24 others in Jang-e-Azadi Memorial case

The foundation stone of the project was laid by late CM Parkash Singh Badal. Tribune file



Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 22

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday registered a case against the 26 accused, including Managing Editor of Ajit Group of Publications Barjinder S Hamdard and IAS officer Vinay Bublani, for alleged misappropriation of funds in the construction of Rs 315 crore Jang-e-Azadi Memorial project at Kartarpur near here.

The VB has arrested 15 people -- Ludhiana-based builder Deepak Singal and 14 PWD officials -- in the case.

A case under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at the VB police station, Jalandhar range.

While Hamdard has relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court on his arrest for a week, Bublani is learnt to be absconding.

The foundation stone of the project was laid by late CM Parkash Singh Badal and it was inaugurated by former CM Capt Amarinder Singh.

Badal had appointed Hamdard as president of the executive committee and Bublani as chief executive officer for supervising the construction work.

The VB has pointed to a loss of Rs 27.23 crore to the government exchequer by way of extra payments having been paid to the contractors.

A family member of Hamdard said they are yet to get a copy of the FIR but refused to comment further.

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