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MULTI CRORE LAND FRAUD CASE: WWICF DIRECTOR DAVINDER SANDHU AND FORMER SENIOR TOWN PLANNER BHATIA REMANDED TO TWO POLICE CUSTODY

August 21, 2021 02:10 PM

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After the arrest and release of Former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, Vigilance Bureau reported nabbed WWICF Director Davinder Singh Singh Sandhu and one Shakti Sagar Bhatia, who retired from the post of Senior Town Planner were arrested on Thursday and remanded to two days police custody.

Former Punjab police Chief Sumedh Singh Saini was released on Thursday following an order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the same case in which Sandhu and Bhatia were nominated on fraudulently certifying the layout plans of two colonies developed by WWICS on the Siswan-Kurali Road in Mohali, alleging that a bribe of Rs 6 crore was taken.

Vigilance investigations revealed that Director of WWICS Estates Private Ltd Davinder Singh Sandhu in colluding with Deputy Director Ashok Sika PCS, now retired, and Senior Town Planner Sagar Bhatia, now retired and others officials of local government converted illegally an agriculture land into residential colonies namely Green Meadows-1 and Meadows-2 at Kurali on Siswa-Kurali Road, S.A.S district by fraudulently hiding the actual facts and showing fake documents in the year 2013. In this regard, a case had been registered u/s 409, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B IPC and 7(A)(B)(C) and 7-A, 13(1) r/w 13(2) Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 on 17/09/2020 at Police Station, SAS Nagar against all the aforementioned accused.

Davinder Singh in vigilance custody

During the probe, it came out that Davinder Singh Sandhu was known to Nimardeep Singh, Executive Engineer of P.W.D who is well known to higher authorities. In this connection, Nimardeep Singh received a bribe amount to the tune of Rs. six crore from Davinder Singh Sandhu for getting their above mentioned colonies certified. Thereafter, Nirmardeep Singh, his father Surinderjeet Singh Jaspal and their aides Taranjeet Singh Aneja and Mohit Puri have also been nominated as accused in this land use conversion case.

During the probe, it came out that Davinder Singh Sandhu was known to Nimardeep Singh, Executive Engineer of P.W.D who is well known to higher authorities. In this connection, Nimardeep Singh received a bribe amount to the tune of Rs. six crore from Davinder Singh Sandhu for getting their above mentioned colonies certified. Thereafter, Nirmardeep Singh, his father Surinderjeet Singh Jaspal and their aides Taranjeet Singh Aneja and Mohit Puri have also been nominated as accused in this land use conversion case.

It has came to light that Nimardeep Singh had purchased a two Kanal house No. 3048, Sector 20-D Chandigarh and rebuilt the same house after demolishing in the year September, 2017 with the same bribe money i.e 6 crore. On being questioned, he revealed that the former DGP is residing as a tenant on the first floor of the house from 15-10-2018 and paying a rent of Rs. 2.50 lakh per month for the rented first floor.

It is worth mentioning here that after analyzing the financial transactions of Surinderjit Singh Jaspal & Sumedh Singh Saini’s bank account, it has came to the fore that Saini has transferred amount to the tune of Rs. 6 crore and Rs. 40 lakhs to the accused Nirmandeep Singh and Surinderjeet Singh Jaspal in their bank accounts from August 2018 to August 2020. This amount was not given in accordance with the rent deed.

The spokesperson highlighted that the accused further presented a new fact after deliberate conspiracy with Mr Saini that the tenant wanted to purchase the same house and in this context accused have done verbal agreement with tenant Saini. But as the new facts emerged during the probe, the accused furnished a copy of agreement to sell which was executed on 02/10/2019 owing to prevent their attachment of property in the local court. This agreement was signed between Sumedh Singh Saini and Surinderjeet Singh Jaspal on a plane paper without any testimony.

Further more, he stated that this fake agreement to sell of house No. 3048, Sector 20-D Chandigarh was prepared by mutual consent between the accused Surinderjeet Singh Jaspal and Mr Saini in order to protect the attachment of their house in the court and used this as a value security. In this regard, Sumedh Singh Saini was arrested on August , but after intervention of Punjab and Haryana High Court he was released after spending one night in vigilance Police Station.

 
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