Mayor of Municipal Corporation, Mohali Kulwant Singh has been suspended along with 3 other officers for causing loss to state exchequer, Local Government Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu said in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Mr Sidhu said it is an article of faith with him to have zero tolerance towards corruption and nobody would be permitted to misuse the hard earned money of the taxpayers.
It had come to the notice of the department the then Mayor of Municipal Corporation, Mohali Kulwant Singh in connivance with the then Commissioner Rajesh Dhiman and other officials caused a loss of grave nature to the state exchequer while making a purchase of the Tree Pruning Machine.
The machine was priced at Rs. 28 lakh in the country while for making its purchase from abroad the price was Rs. 80 lakh. But a resolution was passed for purchasing it at exorbitant price of Rs. 1.79 crore and orders were placed for its purchase.
Rajesh Dhiman has been chargesheeted in accordance with the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment & Appeal) Rules 1970 Section 8 and case recommending his suspension has been sent to the concerned department.
The orders placed for purchasing the machine have been cancelled promptly and the recovery of amount paid in advance to the contractor has also been ordered.