The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged multi-crore parking scam in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC).
Addressing a press conference, AAP Punjab’s chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang hit out at Chandigarh Mayor Anoop Gupta for rampant corruption in the BJP-ruled CMC.
He lashed out at Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Banwarilal Purohit and BJP leaders for ignoring the irregularities and corruption in the CMC.
Accusing Purohit of dancing at the tunes of BJP, Kang said why he has turned blind eye towards rampant corruption in MC and patronising venal BJP leaders in Chandigarh while he would vehemently interfere in the day-to-day affairs of Punjab government to hinder the progress of the state.
Questioning Chandigarh MC and police for not disclosing the arrest of Sanjay Sharma, director, Pashchatya Entertainment Pvt Ltd, for three days in connection with submitting fake bank guarantees of Rs 1.65 crore for running 57 paid parking lots in the city, AAP leader Pardeep Chabra said something is fishy in this entire case and BJP is trying to save their leaders and officials involved in this scam. He said that Chandigarh parking is worth Rs Four Crore to Rs 5 crore.
He said that it was not the first case of corruption but earlier, a firm Arya toll and Selvel Company had cheated CMC with several millions in collusion with the officials of the Corporation but no action was taken against them as well.
Leader of Opposition in Chandigarh MC, Damanpreet Singh said all the AAP councillors have also submitted a memorandum before the Chandigarh Mayor Gupta to seek a special house session for a thorough discussion on the issue of corruption.
He said MC Chandigarh is mired in controversy of corruption and the fraud committed by the paid parking contractor, audio of water meter readers claiming payment of bribes for fake employment letters, irregularities by Lions Company and complaints against the outsourcing contractors etc. The government should initiate action against erring officials at once.