In a bid to nab former Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, who has been accused of alleged irregularities in the purchase of a property case, the vigilance department has launched multiple raids across various states. Locations in Himachal, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan are being raided to locate Manpreet Singh Badal who is accused of abusing his position to convert two commercial plots into a residential plot for himself.
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau had registered a case against Badal and five others in connection in the matter. Three of them had been arrested. On Monday, a lookout circular (LOC) was also issued against the former minister.
During the probe, it was found that Badal abused his position to purchase two plots measuring 1,560 square yards in Model Town phase-1 Bathinda, thereby causing a financial loss of lakhs of rupees to the state exchequer, according to the vigilance bureau. It was found that Badal allegedly colluded with the officials of the BDA and misled the general public during the bidding of plots in the year 2021. Fake maps were uploaded to prevent public participation in the bidding process, the bureau alleged.