Thursday, December 8, 2022

Former Punjab minister arrested in bribery case

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Former Punjab industries and commerce minister, Sunder Sham Arora was arrested on Saturday night while attempting to bribe an assistant inspector general of the vigilance bureau in Zirakpur, a senior officer of the agency said on Sunday.

Arora (62) is facing multiple vigilance inquiries related to a disproportionate assets case filed in connection with irregularities in allotment of industrial plots under the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) and the sale of a 32-acre commercial plot to a reality firm in Mohali in 2020.

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Vigilance bureau director, Varinder Kumar, said that a case was registered against Arora under section 8 ((taking gratification, in order, by corrupt or illegal means, to influence public servant)) of the Prevention of Corruption Act based on the statement of Manmohan Kumar, AIG flying squad, Vigilance Bureau, Punjab.

Raids were also conducted on Saturday night at premises linked to Arora and his family members in Hoshiarpur On Sunday, Arora’s personal assistant, Mani, was also arrested from his Hoshiarpur home.

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