Punjab Vigilance Bureau
Punjab Vigilance Bureau

Punjab Vigilance Bureau nabs Retired Patwari in Multi-Crore Guava compensation scam

Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Monday nabbed retired Patwari Surinderpal Singh, who was posted at office of Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) in connection with multi-crore Guava trees compensation scam.

It is the 18th arrest in the scam wherein compensation worth crores was wrongfully claimed in lieu of land acquired by GMADA at village Bakarpur in SAS Nagar (Mohali) district. Revealing the details here today, an official spokesperson of the VB said that the accused Surinderpal Singh was instrumental in reporting wrong information to pass on benefits of compensation to the accused beneficiaries.

Multi-Crore Guava compensation scam
                                                       Multi-Crore Guava compensation scam

He said that Horticulture Department had sent an assessment report declaring market value of the Guava plants to LAC GMADA for further disbursement of compensation but there were differences in the names and shares of some landowners as per the Revenue records. Instead of objecting the differences, the accused Patwari recommended to release of compensation payment in accordance with the report of Horticulture department.

On the basis of the accused Patwari’s note, the Spokesperson further said, Naib-Tehsildar forwarded the matter to the then LAC, who released the payments thereafter. The accused Surinderpal Singh was nominated as an accused in the case and arrested today from Sri Muktsar Sahib.

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