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Hoshiarpur, July 13(Kusum Arora) Continuing its probe in Rs 86 crore Hoshiarpur Land Scam, the SSP Vigilance has summoned former advisor to CM and senior BJP leader Tikshan Sood’s son Jived Sood along with his business partner to check their financial transactions. Jived Sood and Akhil Sood, both owners of Hoshiarpur based SS Engineering firm have been asked to appear before the vigilance team on Monday. The summon was issued two days ago. SSP Vigilance Hoshiarpur Sareen Kumar said that he has summoned Jived Sood and Akhil Sood to join probe on Monday. “We have come to know that the duo has sold their firm – SS Engineering. Besides probing the financial transactions worth crores in their bank account, it was yet to be ascertained that where was money spent”, he said.
As per information gathered, industrialist Prateek Gupta, who was detained by immigration officials at IGI Airport on July 3 in connection with this scam, had credited two installments amounting to Rs 1.75 crore and 75 lakh in the name of SS Engineering firm. Prateek Gupta had minted close to Rs 15 crore in the land scam. Hoshiarpur based RTI Activist Rajeev Vashisht, who exposed the land scam last year said, “The two installments were credited into the account of Jived and Akhil, which remained functional for 24 days only.” The RTI Activist said that the first installment was credited into the account of Jived and Akhil on May 2, 2016 and the second amount on May 5. “The Vigilance Bureau team will probe this financial transaction, which took place through Prateek Gupta in the land scam”, he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that recently Prateek Gupta was nabbed by Delhi police after a look out notice was issued against him recently. Gupta had bought 442 marla colony in Khawaspur village in Hoshiapur at Rs 30,000 per marla but sold the same chunk of land at a whopping rate of Rs 7 lakh per marla. The Hoshiarpur land scam pertains to land acquisition done for the four laning National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) project of Hoshiarpur-Jalandhar stretch. Earlier last month, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had registered a case against former SDM Anand Sagar Sharma and other under Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.
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