Chandigarh – Vigilance Bureau on Thursday arrested Surinderpal Mittal and his son Vineet Mittal proprietors of Mittal Traders Sangrur for misappropriating funds of Gram Panchayat Jheorheri, Mohali district to the tune of Rs 82 lakh in lieu of supplying 2,474 reinforced concrete (RCC) benches in connivance with department officials.Disclosing this here on Thursday a spokesperson of Vigilance Bureau said in this regard Further investigations in this case were under progress and the accused to be produced in the special court on Friday Revealing the facts he added that the above mentioned panchayats officials have issued ordered to the controversial firm for supply of 2474 RCC benches at a cost of Rs 82 lakh in January 3, 2017 but these benches were not supplied to the village panchayats and all the accused including Mittals have misappropriated funds in connivance with each other. “The accused panchayat officials have issued two cheques amounting to Rs 41 lakh each from the account of gram panchayat Jheorheri to the Mittal Traders on January 3, 2017 but both the bills were submitted on January 24 and January 25, 2017 to the panchayat”, he added.The spokesperson further informed that the gram panchayat and concerned officials have omitted the necessary procedure to float tenders to procure huge quantity of benches but they called quotations for the same from private firms. The Mittal Traders submitted their quotation to the panchayat along with two others firms – TR Traders Sangrur and Quality Sports and Stationary Stores Sangrur on January 20, 2017 but all the owners of these three firms were related to each other. During investigations it was found that Mittal Traders and other firms have no unit or experience to manufacture RCC benches but the officials called quotations from the accused firms based at Sangrur city.
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