Former DGP Sumedh Saini's troubles escalate, courts order attachment of his Chandigarh residence
Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini's difficulties escalate further with the Mohali District Court has ordered to temporarily attach Saini's residential building No. 3048 in Sector 20, Chandigarh.Author : Divyanshi Soni
The order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge PS Grewal in connection with a multi-crore scam in the registry of land purchased for setting up colonies at Kurali and causing financial loss to the Punjab government. The Punjab Vigilance Bureau had filed an application in the court seeking attachment of the mansion in the case. In view of the gravity of the matter, the Punjab Government had appointed Sartaj Singh Narula as Public Prosecutor in the case. He will be accompanied by Additional District Attorney Manjit Singh.
The court, in its order, said that while the petition was pending, any further sale of the mansion was not allowed till the pendency of the petition. The Vigilance Bureau demanded that whatever rent was coming from the mansion should be deposited in the exchequer. Other plaintiffs in the case have been asked to issue "show cause" notices stating that the orders attached to temporarily attaching the mansion should not be considered as a final order.
According to information two colonies were demarcated on Siswan Road in Kurali out of which Dream Meadows-1, which was to be built on 17.5 acres, and Dream Meadows-1, which was to be built on 9 acres. After purchasing it, maps were also passed and registries were done in the name of the buyers.
It is alleged that one of the accused named in the case misused his position to benefit the buyers and paid a composition fee of two percent at the time of regularization of the colonies at different levels which resulted in the loss of crores to the exchequer.
Only Rs. 2 crores 41 lakh 97 thousand was paid for the registration while Rs. 8 crore, 17 lakh 69 thousand 287 was spent for the purchase and sale of this land. It is alleged that Kothi No. 3048, Sector-20 has been purchased from the amount saved. In which former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini is said to be living on rent. Saini is paying a monthly rent of Rs 2.5 lakh for the first floor of the mansion.
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(Story Contributed by Dinesh Sharma)