Mining scam: Govt likely to confiscate ’19 crore deposit. Punjab government is likely to confiscate security amount Rs 18 crore deposited against mining. The controversial issue has once again hogged the limelight as the Narang Commission report says that two bidders had refused to deposit money. Sources in the Industries department said that it seems violation of rules and according to terms and conditions, the amount is to be confiscated and bidder may even be prohibited from participating in auction up to three years. Interestingly, the leader of Opposition of Punjab, Sukhpal Khaira has exposed this issue again by making the Narang Commission report public. He alleged that if the matter is to be forwarded to the CBI, all secrets would be opened.In a press conference, Khaira said that although the investigation has been designated to Narang Commission, known to be close to Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, to save the minister, but despite that some facts have exposed the play of blackmoney. Giving an ultimatum to the Punjab government of 15 days, Khaira said after the given time, he would file PIL in the high court seeking a CBI inquiry.Although the Narang Commission report was still a hidden document, but through Right to Information, Sukhpal Khaira had succeeded to get it and to make it public after 50 days of his application. According to the report, a bidder Amit Bahadur, who had made the highest bid of Rs 26 crore, has confessed in his statement that he was unaware of money transfer and deposit for bid. Interestingly, the banks accounts were not opened and the firm did not exist till the date of bidding. AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira had alleged that bidder Amit Bahadur and Kulwinder Singh were employees of Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh. In reply to allegation, Minister Rana had said that both had resigned much before the bidding. But on Friday, Khaira presented a document of Ministry of Corporate Affairs in which it was shown that on the date of bidding and even till May 29, both were employees in Rana’s companies. Khaira said that after the submitting of report, the CM had directed the Chief Secretary of Punjab to take proper action in 15 days, but now two months have elapsed, but no action has been taken so far. Khaira alleged double standards of the government, where medical, legal opinion and registration of case against former Akali leader Sucha Singh Langah had been completed only in 12 hours, but in such a case of corruption, the government has closed its eyes. Interestingly, Khaira said that minister was trying to withdraw the security amount, but an office in the department said that once the Chief Secretary issues directions on the Narang Commission report, the department will be left with no option but to forfeit the amount of Rs 19 crore.
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