Rana Gurjeet lands into new controversy

By 15th June 2017 0 Comments


Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Sukhpal Khaira said here today that Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh had falsely claimed that four persons who got mining contracts were his former employees. Khaira claimed that one of them, Kulvinder Pal Singh, had been working for the minister’s company till last month.
Kulvinder, who was working as the Deputy General Manager at Rana Sugars, had got the contract for the sand mine at Mehadipur village. Following The Tribune story (‘Punjab minister’s cook is Rs26-cr sand mine owner’, May 25), the minister had claimed that Amit Bahadur, Kulvinder and two other employees had left his company in April.
Showing a recent revenue record of Mohali district, Khaira said Kulvinder had been getting land sale deeds signed on behalf of the minister’s wife as he had the power of attorney.
“The minister recently made a false public statement disowning Kulvinder as his employee, even as this person was present during the execution of the sale deed in favour of Rana Gurjit’s family on May 17-18 at Majri sub tehsil,” the AAP leader said.
During a press conference later in the day, the minister rebutted Khaira’s allegations. “If a person leaves a job, it doesn’t mean that we snap all ties with him. And you don’t need to be someone’s employee for holding the power of attorney,” Rana Gurjit said.

Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh today refuted AAP legislator Sukhpal Khaira’s allegation that he and his family had violated Section 42-A of The East Punjab Land Holdings Act, 1948, to grab shamlat land in Seonk village near Chandigarh.
The Act states that no village common land/theh shamlat or “hasab rasab” can be partitioned or its title changed in the names of person(s).
Rana Gurjit said the court of the ADC (Development), SAS Nagar, using the powers of the Collector, had ordered on July 1, 2016, that the ownership of the land in question was not vested in the gram panchayat.
Demanding a CBI inquiry, Khaira alleged that the minister had “fraudulently manipulated facts to get 458 kanals of shamlat land/gair mumkin pahad in favour of his brother and sister-in-law”. He also said that Rana Gurjit Singh, in connivance with bank officers, had cheated the Union Bank of India and raised a loan of Rs109 crore against about 142 kanals owned by his family at Seonk village.
Rana Gurjit claimed that the loan had been taken by a company, Superior Foodgrains Private Ltd, three years ago — Rs55 crore was the term loan and Rs40 crore the working capital. “The loan was taken against the company itself. The land was pledged for additional security,” he said.
The minister said, “Khaira says the last payment was made by the bank on April 17. If he can prove it, I will resign.”
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