Chandigarh: Mohali police ongoing to grill former health minister Dr Vijay Singla on the 3rd working day of his law enforcement remand in a corruption scenario.
The previous health minister who has been lodged in the Phase 8 law enforcement station along with his OSD was on Thursday permitted to talk to his household and some buddies in the police custody, it is learnt.
Singla and his OSD Pradeep Kumar Bansal, ended up arrested on Tuesday from outside main minister Bhagwant Mann’s official residence in Chandigarh on the charges of demanding 1% fee in governing administration contracts from a superintending engineer posted in Punjab Health and fitness Technique Corporation.
After the superintending engineer claimed the subject to the CM by some IAS officers in the health office, Singla was summoned by Mann and was confronted with an audio recording. According to Mann, Singla experienced admitted that it was his voice in the audio. After sacking him, the CM requested an FIR versus him under the Avoidance of Corruption Act.
Singla denies costs
All through questioning, Singla is learnt to have denied supplying any favours to civil contractors who were being engaged by the section to fix govt hospitals. The former minister, law enforcement sources reported, also told the probe group that he experienced not allotted any agreement and did not order transfers or postings just after having demand of the ministry.
The law enforcement crew will analyse all decisions taken by Singla to discover out the charges of favouritism and corruption.
Aside from Singla’s official home, police also conducted raids at his home in his household town Mansa and seized some files. Raids are also staying carried out at the dwelling of his relations and friends, mentioned law enforcement. Singla and his OSD are in police remand till May perhaps 27. Both of those will be produced in the court on Friday.
In the FIR, the complainant, Rajinder Singh, stated that Pardeep Kumar requested him to give 2% as fee, i.e. ₹1.16 crore, from the full volume of ₹58 crore, which involved ₹41 crore as allotment of development will work and ₹17 crore as payments to contractors.
When the formal pleaded against it, the OSD allegedly threatened to destroy his occupation. Later on Could 20, the OSD once more asked him to give ₹10 lakh as settlement revenue and 1% as commission from all assignments to the minister in long term. To preserve himself from psychological harassment, Rajinder Singh presented ₹5 lakh, stated the FIR.
On May 23, the OSD identified as the complainant to the secretariat to fulfill him and the minister and hand about the revenue. It was then that the formal recorded the conversation and handed in excess of the audio clip to his seniors, which then attained the CM.