Vigilance arrests Patwari in embezzlement of Rs one crore during acquisition of land
Chandigarh February 21 :
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) during its ongoing campaign against corruption in the state on Tuesday arrested a revenue Patwari Bakar Singh, of halqua Palla Megha, Ferozepur district for committing embezzlement of Rs 1,11,08,236 during acquisition of land in connivance with two private persons.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the VB said during the investigation of a vigilance enquiry, the Punjab government had acquired a land measuring 46 Kanals for the BSF to set up a border out post at New Mohammadi Wala near village Palla Megha in the year 2002 to 2012.
He further added that the accused the above said accused Patwari, now a dismissed Kanugo, in connivance with other two accused Billu Singh of Palla Megha, Ferozepur district and Amritbir Singh of village Aasal Uttar, Tarntaran district had misappropriated Rs 1,11,08,236 in the said case. The accused Patwari had distorted the revenue records and entered names of the above mentioned co-accused as owners of the said land. Subsequently, he released two cheques of compensation amounting to Rs 55,54,118 each on the basis of forged record to both the co-accused on 07-11-2012. In addition to this, the accused Patwari had acquired private land measuring 16 Kanals and 16 Marlas instead of adjoining government land in order to provide financial benefit to the other accused.
The spokesperson further added that on the basis of this enquiry a case FIR No 05, dated 21-02-2023, under section 218, 409, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC and 13(1)(a), 13(2) of prevention of corruption act at VB police station Ferozepur. Further investigation in this regard was under progress and the other accused would be arrested soon as the teams has already been formed, he added.