Kurali land scam: the court asks the collector if a rent of Rs 2.5 lakh / month had been collected from the former DGP Saini

The Mohali District Court on Wednesday asked the district collector to submit a report indicating whether rent of Rs 2.5 lakh (per month) had been collected from the former Director General of the Punjab Police (DGP), Sumedh Saini, for a house he resided. in sector 20D in Chandigarh.

The order was issued by District and Additional Sessions Judge Parminder Singh Garewal after the collector failed to submit a compliance report to the court.

Pursuant to his previous order, a show cause notice had been published in the newspaper for those likely to claim ownership or objections, if any, to the provisional foreclosure of the house. However, no one came forward on Wednesday.

On September 17 of last year, Vigilance Bureau registered a complaint against World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) Estates Pvt Ltd, Nimrat Deep Singh and Surinderjit Singh Jaspal at the Flying Squad -I Punjab in Mohali, in which Nimrat is accused of asking WWICS for a bribe to facilitate the regularization of unauthorized residential settlements in Kurali. The money received as a bribe was used to buy the house in Sector 20-D in Jaspal’s name. Saini reportedly lived in the house in Sector 20-D.

On July 16 of this year, a court in Mohali ordered the provisional attachment of house number 3048 in sector 20-D with instructions that the “tenant” Saini who resided there would deposit Rs 2.5 lakh per month of rent in the public treasury.

The vigilance office also said that Saini, Nimrat Jaspal, also allegedly conspired to prepare a bogus deal to sell the house in Sector 20-D. Jaspal then produced the agreement to the investigative agency on April 30 to block the garnishment proceedings in court.

The vigilance office filed a request in January 2021 under the provisions of the Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance, to obtain the provisional seizure of the house, declaring it to be the proceeds of crime. Subsequently, the court ordered the seizure of the house on July 16 and further appointed the district collector of Mohali to collect rent of Rs 2.5 lakhs. The owner of the house had claimed in court that Saini was staying in the house as a tenant. The court found that a non-compliance report had been submitted by the collector.

The court has set October 22 as the next hearing date.