The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested Satish Bansal, a resident of Vishal Nagar, Bathinda, accused of the scam related to the compensation of guava plantations in Bakarpur village of SAS Nagar district today during the campaign against corruption in the state.
Giving information in this regard, the spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said that the accused was a partner in ‘Agarwal Steel Industries’ firm along with Satish Bansal, Chanchal Kumar and his wife Parveen Lata resident of Bathinda. Both Parveen Lata and Chanchal Kumar’s brother Mukesh Jindal are accused in this case and are currently in jail.
He further informed that Agarwal Steel Industries had bought 3 acres of land at Bakarpur village in February 2018 through Satish Bansal, Parveen Lata and Mukesh Jindal’s father Des Raj in equal shares.
After purchasing the said land, they planted guava trees on this land because they knew very well that this land was being acquired. The said accused, with the connivance of the concerned officials of Revenue Department, Horticulture Department and GAMADA, falsely collected crores of rupees as compensation by showing that these saplings were planted in 2016.
The spokesperson further said that with the help of scam masterminds Bhupinder Singh, Mukesh Jindal and others, Satish Bansal claimed compensation of Rs 1.54 crore for the plants planted in his 12 kanal 13 marla land, while under his firm’s ownership only There were only 8 canals.
Further, the Land Acquisition Officer of Gamada had issued compensation for guava plantations to the above owners including Satish Bansal on the basis of self-claim of land/garden, while most of the land is under joint ownership and shares among the co-owners. Not distributed. He said that further investigation of this matter is going on.
Two applications for bail dismissed
In this compensation scam, the local court has dismissed the anticipatory bail applications filed by accused horticulture development officer Vaishali and accused beneficiary Gurpreet Kaur.