Chandigarh/August 29 (NG News)
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Friday ordered an inquiry into alleged irregularities in the functioning of Sherwood Officers Society Amritsar and asked the Vigilance Department to submit its report within two months.
Badal ordered inquiry into the commercial activities of Society and the alleged involvement of government officials in these activities. “In view of the seriousness of the matter, the vigilance bureau has been asked to probe into all aspects beginning from registration of the society, violation of service and conduct rules, collection of money from non-official members and carrying out commercial activities while in government service including misuse of official positions,” Badal said.
Badal directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that the VB was provided all assistance by concerned departments in order to complete the inquiry expeditiously.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Chandigarh and Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT) New Delhi have passed orders to recovery of Rs 21.80 crore from the Sherwood Officers’ Society, Amritsar. The society has been promoted by senior officers of the state government who were founding members and office bearers of the society.
The DRT and DRAT have made critical remarks on the activities of the founding members of the said society and have also asked the state government to take action against these officers. These authorities have also received a complaint of collecting money without allotment of plots.