As per the latest development, IFS Parveen Kumar, the state’s principal chief conservator of forests, had been detained today by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) in connection with the alleged forest scam in which former ministers and senior Congress leaders Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Sangat Singh Gilzian are already in custody.
Furthermore, according to a spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau (VB), IFS Parveen Kumar confessed during the questioning, that Sangat Singh Gilzian, the former forest minister, reportedly put pressure on him to secure funding for his recent assembly election campaign.
Additionally, as per the spokesperson, the arrest was undertaken as part of the ongoing investigation into the two former ministers’ potential involvement in an organised corruption in the forest department.
During the questioning, IFS Parveen Kumar told the Vigilance Bureau that Sangat Singh Gilzian, the then minister, pressured him to arrange money for his assembly election, as his opponent was a rich person, who had a financial backup from the USA. The former minister forced him to arrange money from the funds of the forest department.
(Source – The Tribune)
Moreover, with this, troubles for the two former ministers and Congress leaders, have increased. The alleged multi-crore forest scam during the tenure of the erstwhile Congress government in Punjab, was one of the burning issues during the assembly elections.
Additionally, former minister and Congress leader Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, reportedly, was majorly involved in the SC scholarship scam during former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s regime. Meanwhile, IFS Parveen Kumar’s statements are seen as one of the major breakthroughs in the case.
During the recent assembly elections, eradicating corruption from the state, was one of the major poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party. Likewise, since the Bhagwant Mann government’s tenure, the state government agencies have been taking strict action against many former ministers who had been accused of being involved in corruption.