Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered a one-man judicial commission to probe the allegations of impropriety against irrigation and power minister Rana Gurjit Singh in the multi-crore sand mining auctions conducted recently by the state government.
The inquiry will be conducted by Justice (Retd) J S Narang who will submit his report within a month. The terms of reference for the inquiry commission, formed under the Commission of Inquiry Act, will be notified soon.
The Punjab CM announced his decision to set up a judicial commission after taking suo motu cognizance of media reports charging the minister with acquiring certain mines in the names of his company’s staff.
The two-day sand auctions, in which these bids are alleged to have been secured, related to 50 mines and they have already generated a revenue of nearly Rs 300 crore, leading to the highest ever earnings from the mining sector for the state government.
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