Chandigarh, June 07 (H.C.). The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested a minister and his two OSDs by registering a case against two former Punjab ministers in the tree scam. The arrested minister was the forest minister in the Amarinder government and the nominated minister was the forest minister in the former Channi government. It is alleged that instead of taking action on the scam which was carried out in the Amarinder government, it was carried forward in the Channi government. The Vigilance Bureau took this action when Rahul Gandhi was on Punjab tour.
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau had registered a case against Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, who was the Forest Minister in the Amarinder government, his OSD Chamkaur Singh and office officer Kamaljeet. The Vigilance Bureau recently arrested the DFO of the Forest Department, Mohali and a contractor. During interrogation, he told that Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, who was the Forest Minister, used to take 500 rupees for felling a tree. Apart from this, money was also taken for planting trees. All this scam was done by the minister’s OSD and PA with the consent of the minister.
Vigilance investigation revealed that Sangat Singh Giljian, who became the Forest Minister in the government of Charanjit Singh Channi, who came to power after Amarinder Singh in Punjab, instead of taking action in this scam, carried forward the scam by covering it up. Vigilance also named Gilzian’s PA Kulwinder Singh and Sachin in the same FIR.
The Vigilance Bureau arrested Sadhu Singh after raiding Amloh at around 3 am on Tuesday. After this the OSD of Sadhu Singh was arrested from Patiala and the third accused was arrested from Khanna. After the action against Dharamsot, the sword of arrest has also hanged on Giljian. Director of Punjab Vigilance Bureau said that the bureau has taken this action on the basis of strong evidence. There will be many more arrests in this case.