The Punjab Vigilance Bureau questioned Congress leader and former Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) chairman Raman Balasubramanium in a disproportionate assets case.
Punjab Vigilance Bureau had summoned the LIT Chairman to furnish details of his assets based on the new inquiry initiated by the vigilance.
It was learnt that the official was questioned for over four hours by the vigilance officers.
As per the case details, in July 2022, the vigilance had booked Balasubramanium and five other LIT officials for alleged corruption in allotment of plots in Ludhiana. However, later he had moved high court and got relief after the counsel for state of Punjab submitted that Balasubramanium would be served a seven-day prior notice under Section 41-A of CrPC if he is taken into custody.
On July 28 when he was booked, vigilance had said that LIT officials “adopted corrupt practices” in the allotment of plots in SBS Nagar, Rishi Nagar and Sarabha Nagar of Ludhiana.
The vigilance further said that these plots were under the Local Displaced Persons (LDP) and other schemes of the trust but were allotted to ‘unauthorised persons after taking huge amounts of bribe.
It was found that some of the allottees had died and their plots had been allotted to some unauthorised persons, violating prescribed rules after taking huge bribe money, the officer added.
An FIR under Sections 7, 7-A, 8, 12, 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and 409, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of IPC was registered at Economic Offences Wing of Vigilance Bureau Ludhiana.