Former Gurgaon Municipal Corporation chief engineer accused of corruption by fellow employee
Gurgaon: Shyam Lal, a employee of Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), has filed a complaint against former Gurgaon Municipal Corporation chief engineer Baljeet Singh Singroha, accusing him of abusing his position to extort money.
In a letter to PM Narendra Modi, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Lokayukta, Haryana vigilance bureau, local MP Rao Inderjeet Singh and other officers of the MCG, Lal has allegedly pointed out that Singroha was involved in corruption cases in the MCG during his 5-year tenure in Gurgaon.
According to the letter, Singroha had not only been allegedly extorting money from prominent companies and malls in the name of hoardings and advertisements on the building but also getting monthly income fixed from them.
He had also been charging one per cent commission from each of the project allotments to certain contractors in the MCG areas.
Besides that, Singroha was involved in allowing constructions in unapproved colonies, especially around 900 metres from the Air force ammunition depot, to earn money and his monthly income would sometimes reach Rs 1.1 crore or above.
Sources said the PMO had directed CM Khattar to initiate investigation against him on the basis of the letter. Khattar asked the state vigilance bureau on Wednesday to probe Singroha’s involvement in corruption charges.
Singroha, who is currently posted at the Panchkula public health department as chief engineer, told Mail Today that he will cooperate with vigilance officials at every stage of investigation. He has also turned down allegations and said it was “baseless”.
“The MCG has certain procedure to approve projects and its finance committee comprises mayor, senior deputy mayor, deputy mayor, commissioner and some councilors as the deciding authority. The chief engineer job is to just execute the projects approved by the committee, then how would I be involved in illegal activities,” Singroha said.
“I have never met the complainant during my tenure as MCG chief engineer in Gurgaon. If he is leveling charges against me, he should guts to face me as well,” Singroha added.
However, the case looks like a repeat of Yadav Singh’s case. It’s not too late to recall the case of Noida’s tainted chief engineer Singh whose nexus with real estate sharks created a storm last year, bringing forth the role of many politicians and builders in cases of corruption.