The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday dismissed the anticipatory bail pleas of contractor Gurinder Singh and former chief engineer Harwinder Singh who were involved in the irrigation scam being probed by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB).

Disclosing this on Thursday a spokesperson of the VB said that in this case the Punjab and Haryana High Court had already declined any relief for granting anticipatory bail to the contractor Gurinder Singh, Parmjit Singh Ghuman, Harwinder Singh and Gurdev Singh Syan, Gulshan Nagpal, Bajrang Lal Singla and Vimal Kumar Sharma.

It was informed that while rejecting the bail pleas the SC has also directed both the applicants to surrender within one week and face the investigations. The spokesperson said the VB had initiated an enquiry in the number of works allotted through e-tenders by the drainage and kandi area divisions of Punjab Irrigation Department to probe into the allegations in allotment of tenders.

He said the vigilance teams have found that contractor Gurinder Singh was favoured by the engineers of the department and allotted him more than 60 percent of total works by cost in violation of the rules and guidelines of the department in collusion with him, in the past.