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Punjab VB books tainted chief engineer for fake birth certificate

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has registered another case against former chief engineer of Punjab Mandi Board and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), Surinderpal Singh, for getting government job by submitting a forged birth certificate.

Earlier, Singh was booked for allegedly using bogus firms and bank accounts of family members to “adjust bribe money”.

He was indirectly running four firms in the name of his wife and mother to adjust the ill-gotten money and have indirect stakes in a construction firm Ek Onkar Builders.

Disclosing this, an official spokesman of VB said Singh was recruited as junior engineer in Punjab Mandi Board on 28 January 1993.

During investigation it has been found that in the service book, his date of birth is 11 December 1971, whereas, his actual date of birth, as per school records, is 11 December 1967.

So, he had forged his birth certificate for getting the job, the spokesman said.

Singh had passed senior secondary examination in the year 1985-86 and did three years diploma in Civil Engineering (1986-89). As per the records available with the technical institutions, his date of birth was mentioned as 11 December 1967.

The spokesman said the investigation reveals that Singh, in connivance with officers or officials of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and Punjab Mandi Board got his date of birth altered as 11 December 1971 instead of his actual date of birth.

On the basis of investigations, the VB has registered a case against Singh and officials of PSEB and Punjab Mandi Board.

Singh joined as junior engineer in Punjab Mandi Board in 1993 and was officiating as chief engineer with GMADA, SAS Nagar, since 2016 and was repatriated to the Mandi Board recently. During his tenure so far, more than 200 development works amounting to Rs. 1,030 crore were allotted to various contractors, including worth Rs. 230 crore to Ek Onkar firm in which he has stakes.