Inquiry report of booth scam probe indicts minister, top cops

Top Congress leadership in the city, along with some officials of Chandigarh police and Union Territory Estate Office, have come under scanner in connection with alleged irregularities in allotment of booths.

Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 13:34 PM IST

Chandigarh: Top Congress leadership in the
city, including a Union minister, along with some officials of
Chandigarh police and Union Territory Estate Office, have come
under scanner in connection with alleged irregularities in
allotment of booths in the city, officials said on Wednesday.

City MP and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar
Bansal, UT adviser Pradip Mehra, former Mayor Pradeep Chhabra,
former DC RK Rao, three DSPs and eight officials of the UT
estate office have been accused of making around 90 fraudulent
allotments of booths in certain sectors, they said.

UT`s former Additional Deputy Commissioner PS Shergill,
who had probed the irregularities in the allotment of over
2500 booths during 2002 and 2008, had also recommended a CBI
inquiry into the scandal involving crores of rupees.

In his inquiry report submitted to the UT administration,
Shergill had found direct or indirect involvement of the top
officials of UT administration and police along with some
city-based Congress leaders in the alleged scandal.

The scam was unearthed a few months back following which
Shergill, who was the then ADC, was appointed to probe the
matter by UT administrator Shivraj V Patil.

Patil ordered the probe on March last year following a
series of complaints.

However, Bansal when contacted said on phone from
Delhi, "I am not aware of any inquiry...once I go through the
entire details of the contents of reports I will make a
comment...I am open to scrutiny."

PTI