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Chargesheet against ex-Patiala DC amended

Following inquiries,the state government has served an amended chargesheet to suspended IAS officer and former Patiala deputy commissioner,Vikas Garg,for dereliction of duty.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published: July 27, 2012 3:02 am

Following inquiries,the state government has served an amended chargesheet to suspended IAS officer and former Patiala deputy commissioner,Vikas Garg,for dereliction of duty.

According to sources,after making amendments in the initial chargesheet served earlier,the government on Wednesday framed a fresh chargesheet against Garg,accusing him of failing to prevent loss to government property,being instrumental in the sale of prime government land estimated to cost Rs 250 crore and committing grave irregularities by registering two sale deeds in Patiala on October 14,2011.

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) had already launched a probe against Garg and District Revenue Officer (DRO) Rajbir Singh in regard to the two sale deeds. VB Director-cum-DGP Suresh Arora has set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case. The SIT is expected to submit the report to Arora within a month,who in turn,will submit it to Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh — also the secretary (Vigilance).

Sources said that as per initial inquiry by then Patiala divisional commissioner S R Ladhar,Garg had approved registration of two sale deeds despite the land belonging to the government. These were registered at the office of the joint sub registrar in Patiala on October 14,2011.

Financial Commissioner (Revenue) Navreet Singh Kang had also probed the case and pointed out lapses in Garg’s functioning.

Following this,after the suspension of all concerned officials,Revenue Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia had recommended a vigilance probe into the case.

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